After World War II, Lange turned her gaze to subtle but momentous changes occurring in California and across the nation. Instead of responding to major events like depression and war, her visual critique broadened to include society as a whole.
In the past, events have always played a major role in the work I’ve done. First there was the depression, then the dustbowl, then the war. Now I’m trying to get at something else . . . things you have to look very hard to see, because they have been taken for granted not only by our eyes but, often, by our hearts as well. — Dorothea Lange