Dorothea Lange was born in 1895 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her career began in portrait studios in New York City, which led her to open her own studio in San Francisco in 1918. A decade later, Lange recorded some of her most iconic images, focused on experiences of the Great Depression. Lange was employed by the Resettlement Administration (later renamed the Farm Security Administration) from 1935 until 1939. During this time, Lange traveled the country documenting the plight of migrant farmers, unemployed workers, and other displaced people. Lange captured the surroundings as well as the emotions and experiences of the people she encountered.