Self Portrait in a Child’s Eye

Tree branches and leaves, a landscape, house, and the photographer taking the picture are reflected in the eyes of an Ellis County, Texas child in June 1937.

Tree branches and leaves, a landscape, a house, and the photographer taking the picture are reflected in the eyes of an Ellis County, Texas child in June 1937.

The photographer was Dorothea Lange, who, in this reflection, was likely looking down into the viewfinder of her Graflex large format camera.  The image below is from California in February, 1936.

Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration photographer, in California. Feb, 1936.

The large format camera and her photographic talents enabled Lange to take stunning, high clarity images of her subjects, in this instance, the child of a former tenant farmer reduced to the status of a day laborer.

Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Child of former tenant farmer, now a day laborer. Ellis County, Texas. June, 1937.

This photo was previously used for the post Eyes of the Great Depression 027.

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