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Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning 2012 California Documentary Project supported film

Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning Screenings


Join members of Dorothea Lange’s family at the world premiere of the new American Masters documentary Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning at the Oakland Museum of California before the film’s nationwide television premiere on Friday, August 29 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings). Most famous for her celebrated photograph Migrant Mother, Dorothea Lange’s enduring images document five turbulent decades of American history, including the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II Japanese American internment camps. Lange’s granddaughter, award-winning cinematographer Dyanna Taylor, directs and narrates this intimate documentary that combines family memories and journals with never-before-seen photos and film footage, exploring the life, passions and uncompromising vision of this influential photographer.


Join Dyanna Taylor, granddaughter of the iconic photographer at the San Francisco Public Libraryfor a 30 minute excerpt of the film. Taylor will be joined in conversation by writer Elizabeth Partridge, Lange’s goddaughter, who wrote the companion book to Taylor’s film.

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning was supported by Cal Humanities through the California Documentary Project.

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