Learning To See by Elise Hooper - The February Salt Water Reads Pick
Kourtney and I are so excited to announce that Elise Hooper will be returning once again to be a Salt Water Reads author for the month of February. Her new book, Learning To See, released on January 22 and tells the story of Dorothea Lange, who “captured images of the Depression, the Dust Bowl exodus as well as the forced internment of Japanese Americans during the War.” Dorothea’s haunting and compelling images heavily influenced the field of photojournalism and I can’t wait to see how Elise brings Lange’s work to life on the pages of her new book.
In 1918, a fearless twenty-two-year old arrives in bohemian San Francisco from the Northeast, determined to make her own way as an independent woman. Renaming herself Dorothea Lange she is soon the celebrated owner of the city’s most prestigious and stylish portrait studio and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon.
By the early 1930s, as America’s economy collapses, her marriage founders and Dorothea must find ways to support her two young sons single-handedly. Determined to expose the horrific conditions of the nation’s poor, she takes to the road with her camera, creating images that inspire, reform, and define the era. And when the United States enters World War II, Dorothea chooses to confront another injustice—the incarceration of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans.
Learning to See is a gripping account of the ambitious woman behind the camera who risked everything for art, activism, and love. But her choices came at a steep price…
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