Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures

Dorothea Lange. Gunlock, Utah. 1953 231

Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958, 8 11/16 × 10 3/4" (22.1 × 27.3 cm). Purchase

Artist, Wendy Red Star: My name is Wendy Red Star. I'm a visual artist. I'm originally from Montana.

This image reminds me of me, actually. When I was growing up, on the Crow Indian Reservation, I was practically raised by horses. Looking at this little boy's face and how comfortable he is, is something that very much resonates with me.

The horse looks like a landscape itself. And the way that she was able to do a tight shot that shows us this boy's expression, that he is just perfectly comfortable on this mountainscape of a horse, that he can smile at her and have no fear of falling off. I thought that she did a really great job of capturing this real bond between this child and the horse.

I think that's really a true art form that Dorothea has this rapport with her subjects, and that's not easy to do.
It's almost like he's showing her his greatest passion or his, his talent. And there's a lot of pride in that.

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