Symbolic writing has been used to criticize authorities without identifying the author. This was particularly evident during the times preceding the French Revolution by such writers as Voltaire and Rousseau. To put their true name on such documents would have meant certain death. We use photos, symbolically, to advance messages not immediately apparent.
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“Migrant Mother” (1936) by Dorothea Lange is probably the most well recognized photo taken by the Farm Security Administration photographers that symbolizes the Great Depression. Several hundred thousand images both in black and white and in color were shot during this period.
It could have been a scene taken from John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath, but for these folks and many more like them the experience was all too real. Migrants, headed for