How portraits lie

In 1936, Dorothea Lange took a photograph that would go on to become famous. “Migrant Mother” is celebrated as a portrait of motherhood, poverty and sadness. But there is one problem: the story that accompanies it is false.

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  1. Using a camera or smartphone, take a portrait of someone in your household. Think about how you get them to pose, and what you want the picture to say.
  2. Research another famous portrait. It can be a photograph or a painting. Put together a short presentation about it, explaining who it depicts and why – or why not – you think it works.