Soldier and His Mother, Florin, 1942

Soldier and His Mother, Florin, 1942

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  • 14 × 11 inches — Limited edition of 100
  • 22 × 17 inches — Limited edition of 100
  • 44 × 34 inches — Limited edition of 50

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About the Photograph

Dorothea Lange’s Original Caption:

Florin, Sacramento County, California. A soldier and his mother in a strawberry field. The soldier, age 23, volunteered July 10, 1941, and is stationed at Camp Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was furloughed to help his mother and family prepare for their evacuation. He is the youngest of six years children, two of them volunteers in United States Army. The mother, age 53, came from Japan 37 years ago. Her husband died 21 years ago, leaving her to raise six children. She worked in a strawbery basket factory until last year when her her children leased three acres of strawberries "so she wouldn't have to work for somebody else". The family is Buddhist. This is her youngest son. Her second son is in the army stationed at Fort Bliss. 453 families are to be evacuated from this area.

Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority, National Archives Identifier 536474 / 210-G-A584

About the Artist

Photographer Dorothea Lange was hired by the War Relocation Authority to create a photographic record of the “evacuation” and “relocation” of Japanese-Americans in 1942. Her photographs were impounded by the government for the duration of World War II, and quietly deposited into the National Archives. Read more about the history of these photographs on the Anchor Editions Blog.

About the Print

  • Each print is hand-numbered on the bottom-left, and bears an Anchor Editions stamp on verso
  • Dimensions indicate the size of the paper. Actual image size is slightly less, allowing for a suitable margin for hand-numbering and framing
  • Printed to museum-grade specifications using archival pigment ink
  • 11 × 14 prints: Printed on Harman by Hahnemühle Gloss Baryta, a heavyweight, 100% alpha-cellulose paper, with a smooth, subtly-glossy surface
  • Larger prints: Printed on Moab Juniper Baryta Rag, a heavyweight, 100% cotton rag paper with traditional baryta coating, free of optical brightening agents. Using the same archival materials and processes as the best fibre-based darkroom printing papers, this paper has a lustre-textured surface reminiscent of traditional fibre-based silver prints