Restoring Dorothea Lange’s ‘I Am An American’

Over the past couple months, I’ve been working on digitizing, restoring, and printing ten of Dorothea Lange’s negatives from the National Archives. The most exciting discovery during this project was coming across the original frame of Lange’s ‘I Am An American’ photograph.

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Tim Chambers
$35,000 raised for the ACLU! Can we make it to $50k?

Nearly seven months ago now, I published this photo essay of Dorothea Lange’s photographs of the U.S. Japanese imprisonment in 1942. I didn’t expect much to happen when I put it out in the world. My hope was that a few other people would find the images moving, and that these great photos that were lost for a period would find a new audience now in a time when it seemed particularly important to reflect on how we as a country have treated our own citizens and immigrants in the past.

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