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The documentary is very good. But for those with the time and interest the book (of the same title) is richer. She was a complex person with quite a wacky life.

Can't see it online in UK :-(

PBS = "public broadcasting service"? If it's free and public domain, why stop it at US borders? I don't understand media controls sometimes.

Yes, that would be interesting to watch. After all, 'Migrant Mother' in my opinion sits next to W. E. Smith's 'Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath'.

But, here in Germany, this is the result:

The profit-to-the-max economy has worked well out their digital restriction schemes. Knowledge or education won't matter.

Do you have a UK Amazon link for the DVD? The on line video isn't playable in the UK because of rights restrictions. Thanks.

What's even more annoying is that there are BBC programs, paid for by my licence fee, which I can't watch online in the UK.

Sorry those of you outside the USA cannot view this. It is a fantastic program about passion, drive, circumstance and dedicating ones life to something bigger than ourselves. The downside of this dedication on her personal life is also well documented.

What are we willing to "give up" to pursue our dreams?

Her interaction with John Szarkowski, MOMA curator of photography at the time, on deciding which images went into her final retrospective show was wonderful.

The photographs emotional content and "presence" as printed object are stunning.

PSA (public service announcement):

To bypass silly geographical imaginary frontiers you can use http://hola.org/

Here's a four minute film, from the Getty Museum, that seems to be available everywhere:


Oh, and you can see the PBS film in the UK via You Tube.

The YouTube link that Mike included works well in the UK.

The RB Graflex, what a camera!

I thought the film was too long; could have been cut a good bit; and got a bit reverential in places. That said, it was very interesting, especially in regard to Lange's marriage to Paul Taylor and Taylor's work. It revealed parts of her career I was unaware of -- the Japanese-American internment camps and the flooding of Berryessa Valley, now Lake Berryessa (near where I grew up). The framing device of preparing for her MOMA retrospective I thought worked well.

A very well done video. Lange, Strand, the FSA photographers and Life magazine were strong influences on me in my young days and largely shaped my interest in photography.

I followed the link from the UK and managed to watch it, but when I passed the link on,a day later, it had been pulled. Shame, it was a very good piece.

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