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BIS 331: Journalism and Media History (Hsu): Contemporary Significance

Explanation & Contemporary Significance

Explanation & Contemporary Significance: How is the image interpreted today? How can our understanding of the photograph help place contemporary media in a historical context? How is this image significant today?

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother photo

Image: Lange, Dorothea. Destitute pea pickers in California (Migrant mother). 1936. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., Accessed 12 Apr. 2017.

Find news articles on contemporary significance

Newspaper articles can be a good source of information about contemporary media. You can search for your particular photo or photographer, and limit your results to more current news stories. You may find articles or reviews that include contemporary significance.

Example Searches:

  • "Dorothea Lange" "migrant mother"
  • "Dorothea Lange" internment photos
  • "Eddie Adams" execution photo

If you can think of a more current photo or popular Internet meme that offers some parallels to your iconic photo, try searching for news articles about it!

Example Searches:

  • women's march photos
  • Kendall Jenner Pepsi meme