Dorothea Lange Part II: The Closer For Me

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Please note: copyright to Dorothea Lange Part II: The Closer For Me is held by WNET. All rights reserved. WNET is the premier public media provider of the New York metropolitan area and parent of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Dorothea Lange Part II: The Closer For Me was originally produced by KQED for National Educational Television (NET) - the predecessor of WNET - and first aired in 1965. Part II of a documentary film made by the KQED Film Unit, narrated by Richard O. Moore, which reflects on the work and legacy of documentary photographer and photojournalist Dorothea Lange, who died on October 11th 1965 of esophageal cancer, during post-production of this film. Seen in conversation with Peter Odergard, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, Lange meditates on the influence and potential of photography and expresses a hope that the principles set down in the seminal Farm Security Administration (FSA) project of the 1930s, will be extended to chronicle the life of America's new urban landscapes. She opens the film by advising that: "One should really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind." And she ends with a valediction on photography and images: "The visual mind has a very great contribution to make ... This is a peculiar and a powerful instrument for this purpose of saying to you or saying to the world in general. This is the way it is. Look at it. Look at it!" Also features many close ups of Lange's photographs from the 1930s-60s. This film was produced, directed and edited by Philip Greene, Robert Katz and Richard Moore. Oakland Museum loaned their 16mm film print of this film to the TV Archive, to be remastered.

Note that Movette Film Transfer of San Francisco remastered this 16mm negative film print in May 2017 in 2K resolution (2048x1556 pixels), using a Lasergraphics film scanner. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

Type of material
documentary film
16mm b&w, optical sound film
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WNET.ORG Properties LLC
Date aired
Originally aired on
KQ 1007-2K

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Thanks for part 2 as well. Lange is someone whose life is an inspiration to any caring human!!!

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