After World War II, Dorothea Lange developed an ulcer; her health problems kept her largely inactive from 1945-1951.
When she began photographing again, her focus shifted from whole to parts, from the way social ills affect society as a whole, to making little windows into individual lives. She especially enjoyed photographing growing families. The Art Department of the Oakland Museum of California holds the largest collection of Lange's photographs; their website is impeccably arranged and provides a clear breakdown of the different phases of her career, which lasted until her death in 1965. Her later works will not be discussed in this unit; however, be sure to make mention of them when we look at the Civil Rights Movement to demonstrate other modes of documentation for the culminating project. (See the section on