Three Mormon Towns

In 1953 Dorothea Lange began a collaboration with Ansel Adams to document changes to traditional lifeways in three Mormon communities in Utah. The project was eventually published as a ten-page spread in Life magazine. Despite a long friendship, disagreements over the methodology and goals of the project caused a rift between the two photographers. Though neither was satisfied with the result, Lange’s photographs capture the dignity and strength of rural people in changing times.

Three Mormon Towns was a study of contrasts—of old and new, of quiet villages and a growing city, of deep roots and transient highways. — Diana Turnbow, Curator of Photography, BYU Museum of Art