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July 27, 2017
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"The human face is the universal language" —Dorothea Lange

By OMCA Staff

Photographer Dorothea Lange was driven by the belief that seeing the effects of injustice could provoke reform and, just perhaps, change the world. Her photographs captured some of the most powerful moments in American history, and have since become universal emblems of human need. In these two interview excerpts from filmmaker Dyanna Taylor (Lange's granddaughter), the artist speaks of her belief of how empathy and compassion—focused through art—can trigger political action and social change. 

The Human Face is the Universal Language

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Excerpts from the film Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (2014) by Dyanna Taylor for the PBS series American Masters. Taylor is Dorothea Lange's granddaughter. 


Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing is on view through August 27, 2017.