American Masters (2014 Season) – Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Film Interviewees

Air date: 08/29/2014

American Masters — Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning


Premieres nationally Friday, August 29, 9-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)


Film Interviewees (in order of appearance)


Linda Gordon, professor, History, NYU; author of Lange biography Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits


Anne Whiston Spirn, professor, landscape architect, MIT; author of Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports From the Field; explains the influence of Lange’s work in shaping the landscape, including its contribution to the environmental movement


Richard Conrad, photographer; Lange’s assistant for New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) one-woman exhibition


Sally Stein, professor, Film and Media Studies, UC Irvine; essay on Lange published in Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life; historian of photography


Elizabeth Partridge, Lange’s goddaughter and biographer; author of companion book Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning (Chronicle Books) and Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life; granddaughter of photographers Imogen Cunningham and Roi Partridge; daughter of photographer Rondal Partridge


Rondal Partridge, Lange’s assistant photographer and son of photographers Imogen Cunningham and Roi Partridge; father of Elizabeth Partridge


Richard Steven Street, historian of photography; author of Everyone Had Cameras; provides historical context of Dorothea Lange and second husband Paul Schuster Taylor’s work together


David Weiman, president of Agricultural Resources; colleague of Lange’s second husband Paul Schuster Taylor; expert in California agriculture and lobbyist for farming in Washington D.C.


Becky Jenkins, Lange’s first husband Maynard Dixon’s granddaughter; mother was Constance Dixon, Maynard’s daughter and Lange’s stepdaughter


Jan Goggans, associate professor, Literature, UC Merced; author of California on the Breadlines; expert on literature and photography of the Great Depression


Clair Brown, professor, Economics, UC Berkeley; provides history of agricultural labor and the role of Lange’s second husband Paul Schuster Taylor’s documenting those conditions


Daniel Dixon, Lange and first husband Maynard Dixon’s son; author of The Thunderbird Remembered: Maynard Dixon the Man and the Artist


Dr. Margot Taylor-Fanger, Lange’s second husband Paul Schuster Taylor’s daughter


Sandra Phillips, senior curator of photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MoMA); organized SF MoMA exhibit Dorothea Lange: American Photographs (1994); explains importance of photography in a non-editorial format as displayed in a museum


John Szarkowski, curator of photography, MoMA; curated MoMA’s January 1966, one-woman exhibit of Lange’s photography; provides personal commentary during selection of photographs for the exhibit (archival interview)


Paul Kitagaki, photographer; descendent of interned Japanese Americans; provides personal family history


Christina Clausen Gardner, Lange’s assistant and family friend; shares stories of working with Lange during the internment of Japanese Americans


Donald Fanger, Lange’s stepson-in-law