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With the invention and perfection of photography came a whole new artform Photography allowed the artist to capture a single moment muchlike the impressionists of times before with much more detailPhotography quickly replaced other forms of art in the communicationworld By comparing The Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange to Drug StoreDetroit by Robert Frank you can view two views of American life intwo separate time periods before the great wars and after the secondworld war During the Great Depression in the United States millions of peoplewere displaced by the sunken economy These families were forces to movearound from city to city hoping to find work to sustain them and theirfamilies for just one more day Dorothea Langes photograph MigrantMother is a great example of such a familyIn contrast once the United States entered World War I the economicstimulus that the war effort provided raised the standard of living tothat of before the depression People were happy again and this isillustrated in Robert Franks Drug Store DetroitLanges Migrant Mother is a prime example of social realism a form ofart that pushed social issues to the worlds eye In the picture we seea mother with two tired children cuddling an infant Their mother isstaring off in the distance deep in thought as she contemplates herfamilys futureDuring the Great Depression unemployment plunged to 25 across thenation Crop prices dropped nearly 60 affecting everyone frombusiness man to farmer The mother in Migrant Mother is Florence OwensThompson a mother of six whose family was part of a group of peapickers in California Their family was like any other during theDepression moving from town to town finding whatever farm work theycould getThe photograph frames Thompson and her three children while thechildren actually frame their mother who is the main subject of theportrait By having the children looking away which wasnt plannedthey were just too shy it draws focus to the only face you can seethat of their mother The
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