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Dorothea Lange was born on May 25 1895 in Hoboken New Jersey Her real name was Dorothea Nutzhorn She attended a teacher-training school before studying to become a photographer with Clarence White Dorothea opened up a photography studio in San Francisco California in 1916 Dorothea took many pictures during the Depression and of the World War Dorothea Lange led a very busy life Dorothea Lange lived with her mother in Hoboken New Jersey Her mother Joan worked in a library in New York City on the lower East Side of Manhattan Every day Dorothea would go to school near her mothers job and after school she would go to the library to wait for her mother to go home She used to read book and look down on the streets full of noisy pedestrians and would focus on every detail She spent hours looking at photographs She would study them in the library on the walls in her classroom in newspapers and magazines The one that touched her the most she would put up on her wall in her room Dorothea was very unhappy in school because no one knew who she was and she had no friends in school She was the only non-jew in her school and she felt like an outsider Dorothea never joined any clubs and never played any games She used to love to just sit in her mothers library and read book or watch people from the windows Dorotheas grandparents on both sides had moved from Germany to America hoping for a better life Her father was Henry Nutzhorn a young lawyer Dorotheas family moved several times from one town to the next then back to HobokenWhen she was only seven Dorothea came down with polio a paralyzing illness The illness damaged Dorotheas right leg from the knee down It made her lame for the rest of her life All the children called
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