February 2023

The Dust Bowl through the Lens of a Photographer

Welcome to The Arts Society Leatherhead
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 19:30
Parish Church Hall
Church Road Leatherhead KT22 8BD
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The story of the American Dust Bowl years captured by the photographer Dorothea Lange

The mid 1930s were desperate times in the Midwest of the USA. The effects of the Depression were exacerbated by the Dust Bowl years and there was mass migration as over 3 million people moved out of the farming regions. Many became migrant workers in California and the great American photographer Dorothea Lange captured some iconic images of this period.  This talk looks at the conditions that contributed to Dust Bowl, the implications for the communities involves and human consequences as captured by a number of photographers working for the USA Government. It includes the story behind one of the most famous images of the 20th century, Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange. 


Mr Roger Mendham

A keen and accomplished photographer Roger has gained Distinctions from the Royal Photographic Society  and is currently the President of the Surrey Photographic Association. His artistic taste is predominantly 20th century and he is particularly interested in the visual aspects of art.  He has studied the evolution of photography from its earliest days in the early 1800s to becoming a major art form in the late 20th and now 21st centuries. An experienced public speaker, his talks are all richly illustrated with both his own and images from some of the leading photographers in history