Exhibition at the MoMA from New - York City until September 19th, 11W53rd St, New - York, NY 10019, daily open (10.30am - 5.30pm), phone : +1 (202) 708 - 9400, ticket full price : 25€.
When Dorothea Lange finds a job as photographer in the Farm Security Administration she receives the order to photograph only the White farmers leaving their homes for moving to American West Coast with their surcharged cars. She will never respect this order because for her being a whitness is sometthing very important. Before making a picture she builds her own process who doesn't only gives factual informations but including also clues playing an explanation function. Inside the Cotton Belt Dorothea lange show us old Black slaves becoming metayers working with rudimentary tools under the orders of White landlords. For illustrating that we can see a picture made in 1936 in the State of Mississippi (number plate) who underlines the part of a White foreman well dressed, sufficient, repast a foot on his car. Just behind him stay five Blacks workers wearing working clothes looking like hidden people. The Black writer Richard Wright will use this picture for his book "Twelve Millions of Black Voices" printed in 1941. History seemed to be unchanged but the Franklin Delano Roosevelt New Deal will build again a new story. The goal of that policy is to create many jobs and also gives new opportunities. Dorothea Lange understands that and makes the picture of a smiling young Black girl wearing a welder suit with a helmet on her head but keeping her feminity.