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Photograph - Tractored Out
  • Tractored Out
    Lange, Dorothea, born 1895 - died 1965
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Tractored Out

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Texas (photographed)

  • Date:

    1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lange, Dorothea, born 1895 - died 1965 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    photographic paper, silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. in 1973

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 963, box B

Physical description

Photograph (silver print)

Place of Origin

Texas (photographed)


1938 (made)


Lange, Dorothea, born 1895 - died 1965 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

photographic paper, silver print

Marks and inscriptions

Power farming displaces tenants, Childress, Tex. June 1938, D. lange, photo. 59860/US734-18281
Inscribed on back in pencil

Reproduced from the collection of the Library of Congress
Stamped on back


: 490 mm Including narrow borders, : 506 mm Including narrow borders

Descriptive line

Photograph (silver print) by Lange DorotheaL 'Tractored Out' power farming displaces tenant's Childress County, Texas, 1938

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1973

Labels and date

Gallery 100 ‘A History of Photography’, 2014-2015, label text:

Dorothea Lange (1895–1965)
‘Former Texas Tenant Farmers Displaced by Power Farming’
1938, printed 1970s

In the 1930s, the American government’s Farm Security Administration commissioned Lange and several of her contemporaries to document the lives of rural workers living in communities affected by the economic depression. The hardship endured by sharecroppers, migrant workers and displaced families was brought to public attention when Lange’s powerful and emotive photographs were published in free newspapers across America.

Gelatin silver prints
Museum no. Circ.339-1973
[06 03 2014]


Photographic paper


Silver print; Photography


Photographs; Poverty; Agriculture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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