Marriage and Family Life with Paul S. Taylor

Paul Taylor met Dorothea Lange after seeing her photographs of events surrounding the 1934 general strike at Willard Van Dyke’s photography gallery in Oakland. Taylor was a social scientist at UC Berkeley and was interested in the possibilities of using photography to document the plight of migrant farmworkers. The connection between Lange and Taylor was powerful and immediate. Because both were married with children at the time, their love affair resulted in a double divorce. Their marriage a year later formed a creative partnership that lasted until Lange’s death in 1965.

Why do I love you? For your complete honesty and integrity. For the clarity with which you see people. For the courage with which you face them. — Paul Taylor to Dorothea Lange