Competition is on for Dorothea Lange photo fellowship


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Dorothea Lange photo

24 October 2001 | Entries are being accepted through Nov. 30 for the Dorothea Lange Fellowship competition, named for one of the 20th century’s greatest documentary photographers and awarded annually to a documentary photographer on the Berkeley campus.

Competition for the $4,000 fellowship is open to all Berkeley faculty, graduate students and seniors accepted for graduate work, from any discipline. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding work in documentary photography and present a creative plan for future work. Details are available at

The fellowship was established in 1981 by Lange’s husband, Paul Taylor, professor of economics at Berkeley, who died in 1984. The couple met during the early 1930s when Taylor assembled a team to study the problems of migrant farm workers in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. He recruited Lange, a San Francisco portrait photographer, listing her as a typist since he could not get research funding for a photographer.

Her photos and Taylor’s research raised national awareness of the plight of migrant workers and helped secure government aid for them.

The 2001 fellowship winner, business graduate student Peter Lemieux, used the award to document the lives of migrant workers in San Francisco’s Mission District. Other past winners have documented a variety of social issues and cultures, continuing Lange’s example of using art to foment social change.

The competition is sponsored by the Office of Public Affairs. For details, visit the Web site or call 643-7641.


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