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Image and Imagination:
Encounters with the Photography of Dorothea Lange

Edited By Ben Clarke

"Compelling sketches of a situation, a character, a mood"

Writer-in-residence at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library, Ben Clarke, re-examines Dorothea Lange's photographs along with collaborating artists including: A.K. Black, Scott Braley, Lucha Corpi, Kitty Costello, Maketa Groves, Richard Oyama, Margot Pepper, Eric Robertson, Clifton Ross, Abena Songbird, and Rhett Stuart. Using poetry, personal essay, rap and contemporary photography the artists explore the intersection between Lange's documentary photography and current realities.

Photograph copyright © Dorothea Lange Collection, Oakland Museum of California, City of Oakland, Gift of Paul S. Taylor.

Introduction by Ben Clarke

Image and Imagination includes over 50 photographs by world renowned photographer Dorothea Lange, spanning her entire career, including:

A Hopi reservation in the late 1920's;

Family photographs from the early 1930's;

Long suppressed photographs of the War Relocation of persons of Japanese ancestry;

Images from the Oakland streets and criminal justice system in the 1950's;

And of course her well known Depression era documentary work such as the iconic photo known as Migrant Mother.

ISBN:09625153-8-8 100 pages, 56 photographs $15.95

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Ben Clarke's residency at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library was made possible by Poets & Writers Inc. Writers on Site program, supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

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