Dorothea Lange | Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-9058-C (film negative)]

The retouched version of Dorothea Lange’s photo of Florence Owens Thompson and her children, taken in 1936 in Nipomo, California.

Dorothea Lange | Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-DIG-ppmsca-12883 (digital file from print); LC-USZ62-95653 (film copy negative)]

The unretouched photo. This version shows a thumb in the immediate foreground on the right side.

Dorothea Lange | Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-9093-C (film negative)]

Another shot by Lange. The original caption for the photo read "Nipomo, Calif. Mar. 1936. Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven hungry children. Mother aged 32, the father is a native Californian. Destitute in a pea pickers camp, because of the failure of the early pea crop. These people had just sold their tent in order to buy food. Most of the 2,500 people in this camp were destitute."

Dorothea Lange | Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-9095 (film negative)]

Lange took several photos of Thompson and her children.

Dorothea Lange | Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USF34-9097-C (film negative)]
Dorothea Lange | Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-USZ62-58355 (film copy negative) (Note: Original negative was declared missing; original negative number wa

American Icons: Migrant Mother

Before it became the all-purpose image of hardship, Dorothea Lange’s famous portrait was just one of hundreds she shot to document poverty in the Depression.