Dorothea Lange Part I: Under the Trees (Updated over a year ago)
Please note: copyright to Dorothea Lange Part I: Under the Trees 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 I: Under the Trees was originally produced by KQED for National Educational Television (NET) - the predecessor of WNET - and first aired in 1965. Part I of a documentary film made by the KQED Film Unit, written and narrated by Richard Moore, about the life of documentary photographer and photojournalist Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). As Moore puts it in his introduction: "This is not about photography. It is about Dorothea Lange. Who in her long, rich and frequently painful life, has used the camera vastly to enrich our perception of ourselves and of the human condition." Includes scenes of Lange working at her Berkeley family home with husband Paul Taylor, son Dan Dixon and New York Museum of Modern Art's Curator of Photography John Szarkowski, on an exhibition of her work. We are told that Lange is living with esophageal cancer and that in order to work on her exhibition in New York, she has had to give up a project for Look Magazine on photographing a family cabin, by the Pacific coast. Also features views of Lange and Szarkowski discussing which photographs will be shown in New York and close ups of many of her still photographs. At one point Lange reflects on her evolution as an artist and confesses that: "I'm just really beginning to sense what's in this medium ... how much I could have made of the things I actually did, had I understood those negatives as well as I understand them now." This film was directed and edited by Philip Greene and Richard Moore. Oakland Museum loaned their 16mm film print of this film to the TV Archive, to be remastered.
Technical Information: this film was remastered using an MWA Flashtransfer Vario HD telecine system, which has a 3-chip Hitachi camera sensor with native 1920x1080p output. It was captured directly into Final Cut Pro, via a Matrox MX02 i/o device and PCI Express Card, using the Apple ProResHQ 422 1920x1080@25p setting. The mp4 video streaming file you are watching uses the H.264 codec streaming at 1200kbps, with an aspect ratio of 1460x1080.
Tags: berkeley, dan dixon, documentary photography, dorothea lange, farm security administration (fsa), john szarkowski, kq 375 hd, migrants, new york museum of modern art, paul taylor, philip greene, photography, richard moore, the great depression
Added to San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive on September 23, 2011.
- Originally aired on: KQED
- Date aired: 1965
- Recording medium: 16mm b&w, optical sound film
- Rights for this video belong to: WNET.ORG Properties LLC
- Duration: 27:17
- Type of material: documentary film
- KQ 375 HD.mp4 (269.52 MB – MPEG4 video)
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