Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange

(Author) (Photographer)

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5.1 X 0.3 X 7.7 inches | 0.2 pounds

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About the Author

Tess Taylor grew up in El Cerrito, California, and attended Berkeley High School. She moved east to go to Amherst College, but took a leave of absence to work as a cook's assistant and translator in Paris. When she came back, she double-majored in English and Urban Studies, ran a gardening program for youth in Berkeley, and interned at Chez Panisse. After college, Tess moved to Brooklyn and worked as a journalist while attending NYU's journalism school. She covered (and still covers) arts, books, food, architecture and the urban environment for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other venues. Tess has received writing fellowships from Amherst College, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, The Believer, Boston Review, Guernica, Literary Imagination, The Threepenny Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New Yorker. As the 2010-2011 Amy Clampitt Resident, Tess worked on a small farm while she lived and wrote at the house of poet Amy Clampitt in Lenox, Massachusetts. After seventeen years away, Tess lives again in El Cerrito. Her chapbook, The Misremembered World, was published by the Poetry Society of America. Her first book of poems is The Forage House (Red Hen Press, 2013).

Dorothea Lange is best-known for the photographs she made in the 1930s when she began her pioneering work for the Farm Security Administration. From her documentation of California's migratory workers who fled dust and drought on the Great Plains and in the Southwest to seek a new life in the West, to her telling images of the desperate conditions of the sharecroppers of the South, she sought to portray the social turmoil and injustice caused by the economic upheaval of the time. During World War II, Lange photographed Japanese Americans in internment camps, documented the struggles of women and minority workers in wartime industries at California shipyards, and captured the founding of the United Nations. She later traveled and photographed throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. In 1941, she received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.