Not totally photo related, not just a journal. A bit of both.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The girl from "Migrant Mother"

Image via CNN.

I read on CNN last nite about one of the children in the famous image by Dorothea Lange that I wrote about in an August post. Migrant Mother was shot for the Farm Security Administration in February 1936 in Nipomo California during the Great Depression. It is a classic image. Perhaps the classic image of 1930s America. Reading about Katherine McIntosh, who turns 77 on Saturday, was quite interesting. She was only 4yrs old when the image was shot. And in the above CNN photo you can see her mom in her eyes. Florence Owens Thompson, the mother in the image, died at the age of 80 in 1983. Her gravestone says: "Migrant Mother: A Legend of the strength of American motherhood."

Makes you wonder, if things get worse, what the iconic images of the current worsening economic times will be when people look back in 50 to 75 years.


Mike Wood Photography

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