"Migrant Mother" on The Nerdwriter

(Pat David) #1

There’s a fun video podcast that I like following called The Nerdwriter (Evan Puschak). He covers a wide range of neat topics and many of them are related to art.

His latest video is a nice short (~5 minutes) looking at the famous Dorothea Lange photo “Migrant Mother” (or, as the Library of Congress lists it: Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California).

It’s a particularly interesting look at the evolution of the image through multiple versions before arriving at the classic that many know. I love getting chances to see these types of “behind the scenes” or thought processes of the photographers to see what goes on in arriving at a final image.

Anyway, have a look!




(Stefan Chirila) #3

can’t wait to watch this once I’m out from work

(Stefan Chirila) #4

@patdavid it’s interesting because based on the tones of the face I’d say the image is slightly underexposed, but otherwise the distribution of tones in the image looks natural. If I underexpose an image to get darker skin tone (say for BW conversion, because it looks cooler) the image as a whole would look like it’s lacking something. I don’t get it.

Sample from google search: