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When Dorothea Lange Visited Ireland in 1954

Dorothea Lange A Chat at the O’Halloran Farm [Ireland]

Dorothea Lange A Chat at the O’Halloran Farm [Ireland]

For myself, Dorothea Lange is right at the top of my list of most loved Portrait photographers, I find her images just amazing even after all the years that have passed since she took them.

It is amazing the range of her photography work and telling just how brave and out there she was to capture the vast majority of her subjects. During the great depression in the USA she captured the massive Migrant of farmers from east to west (Dorothea Lange : Migrant Farm Families ).

I have studied much of her great depression images and I am in love and have total admiration with them as a body of work, a hugely important historic study !!!!

One body of Dorothea’s work that I have until recently not looked at, is here images of 1950’s Ireland, I have shared a couple here, living in Ireland for this last ten years or so I have visited and photographed many of the locations she visited – so its wonderful to see these images and amazing to compare just how much life and these places has changed.

I am only starting to collect some books and look at the images from her 1954 Irish visit, however as you cam see the b
lack and white film images she took at just amazing !!!!

Dorothea Lange Michael Kenneally on His 30 Acres [Ireland]

Dorothea Lange Michael Kenneally on His 30 Acres [Ireland]

15 responses

  1. Nigel, these are just fantastic images. Her body of work is so important! I discovered her from watching a two hour documentary on her last year and just fell in love with her portraits and her life story.

    Thank you for sharing these images. What a great post!!

    April 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    • Good Morning Sharon 🙂 🙂

      I bet we watched the same program (PBS 🙂 🙂 ) – great American export 🙂

      Same here , what am amazing women she was YES!!! total inspiration 🙂 🙂

      Thank you Sharon 🙂

      Very pleased your a fan too 🙂 🙂 🙂

      April 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

  2. our world is changing so quickly that photos like these capture moments that are soon to be lost forever.

    April 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    • Hi 🙂 🙂

      Yes , isn’t it !!!!!

      I hope not but fear you may be correct !!!!

      I guess that is why her work is so very important 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Great comment – Thank you 🙂

      April 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      • time for you to get some portraits in your portfolio ?

        April 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      • Thank you 🙂 🙂

        You maybe correct there , I just love open spaces so much, I will have a good think about what you say though.

        Some street photography, Maybe 🙂 🙂


        April 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm

  3. I have long admired Dorothea Lange’s dustbowl migrant portraits. A real treat to see that she went to Ireland and took these fabulous pictures. Thank you for sharing them.

    April 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    • Hello Simon: )

      A pleasure to share , very pleased you enjoyed

      April 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm

  4. Marvellous images, Nigel. I had no idea that Dorothea Lange went to Ireland, I have so far only seen her photos from the great depression. She’s one of my favourite photographers. Thanks for sharing the information on her Irish photos.

    April 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm

  5. The photos are amazing indeed. it must be like opening a treasure chest to find those pictures 🙂 🙂

    April 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    • Hello Hana 🙂 🙂

      With Dorothea Lange, it’s a very big Treasure chest that for sure 🙂 🙂 🙂

      April 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm

  6. They are, indeed.

    April 27, 2015 at 10:26 pm

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