• Mark Cator

Sam Contis & Dorothea Lange

The nights are still long enough to spend time watching films and looking up recently published, or recently found, photographic books. My favourite 'browse' is The PhotoBookStore, they have a vast selection and the site is easy to access and really well presented. One book I purchased was Day Sleeper, published by Mack. In this book Sam Contis presents a new window onto the work of the iconic American photographer Dorothea Lange. Drawing from Lange’s extensive archive at the Oakland Museum of California, Contis constructs a fragmented, unfamiliar side to Lange's work. It's a fascinating selection of one artists' work by another and the overall feel is an essential longing and a humanity of grace.


Dorethea Lange [her son, 1930], from Day Sleeper, published by Mack 2020

Dorethea Lange [her son, 1930], from Day Sleeper, published by Mack 2020

Dorethea Lange [her son, 1930], from Day Sleeper, published by Mack 2020

Dorethea Lange [her son, 1930], from Day Sleeper, published by Mack 2020