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Bessie, Daughter of Zion, Mother of Three, She Lives in a Small Village Settled on an Isolated Ox-cart Trail in 1858 by Ten Families. Toquerville, Utah

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965)

Object Details

  • Date

    1953, printed after 1953

  • Object Type


  • Medium

    Gelatin silver print

  • Dimensions

    Image: 9 7/8 x 9 1/8 in.
    Mount: 9 7/8 x 9 1/8 in.

  • Inscriptions


    u.l. signed and dated in ink: Dorothea Lange 1953

    Mount Verso:

    c. [labels]: Neg. \ #53308 \ #4 \ of the \ Series

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Accession Number


  • Copyright

    © The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California. Gift of Paul S. Taylor

Object Description

In 1953, Lange and Ansel Adams set out to photograph three Mormon towns in southern Utah for Life magazine. They created over 1,000 images of residents’ daily lives through portraits as well as photographs of buildings and the landscape. The photo-essay ran at a time when the United States was interested in its minority populations, having recently fought ethno-purist regimes during World War II. Lange’s photographs and captions link her subjects to their pioneer past and values like hard work and humility, casting them as quintessentially American.

This print and 28 others came to the Carter shortly before Lange’s death, when she was working with the Museum on a book and exhibition featuring images from throughout her career of “American country women.” Lange wrote that these women are “a hardy stock. They are the roots of our country.”

—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023)

Additional details

Location: Off view
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