We are familiar with Dorothea Langeâ€™s photo of the â€œMigrant Mother.â€ It was taken in 1936 and became the iconic photograph of the Great Depression.
Lange actually took six shots at the time and one of those was the flawed composition of the mother breastfeeding her baby. Michael Stones, a professor and active photographer in Canada, examines this photo in his article â€œThe Other Migrant Mother,â€ and says it is a truer likeness of Florence Owen Thompson as she was then and in her future: a woman facing up to hardship, doing it by herself for her family.
But because the photo was flawed compositionally â€“ the camera was tilted a bit too far down when the photo was taken â€“ Stones applied a few Photoshop tricks to correct the composition but not radically alter its content.
Stones says his repaired version, above, depicts a truth about motherhood as old as humanity. (I say the original photo, even without repairs or enhancement, depicts a madonna in poverty but in quiet dignity.)