This is a very heartbreaking story from the 1930s which Dorothea Lange, a photographer at that time has documented during the time it was the Great Depression in America. This collection of photos were named “The Migrant Mother” with the story of the subject that she captured her photographs of and talked to.

This is considered an important collection of photos in the history of photojournalism in the United States of America. This was due to the advancements of the photography sector due to its technical advancements at the time. Lange was assigned to document the harsh reality and effects of the Great Depression when she met the Migrant Mother. Scroll down to read the entire story.More info & Photo courtesy:

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As Lange was visiting a closed-down pea field where its employees were out of work and facing starvation, she found one single mother with her children that she was drawn to. This woman was then 32 years old and after years, her name was found as Florence Thompson. She was staring at the horizon with 2 children leaning onto her while an infant was on her lap. The farm she was working, closed down since it got frozen and now they face starvation. She said that her family depended on the frozen plants & vegetables from the farms and small animals that they kill.

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She has not been poor all this time. She has migrated from her home in Oklahoma to her husband who lived in California. He tragically died leaving her and her 6 children alone with no help. She has sold everything they had and worked at almost every place she could find work to support her family. The last resort for her family was this pea-farm which was now closed.

Lange took her story to the world and this was considered to be her best work. Since she worked for the government her film is preserved in the Library of Congress and also some of the photos are currently on display in the world’s biggest museums such as the Tate & Museum of Modern Art.

Here are some of the pictures that Lange captured. Comment your thoughts about this below!

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