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In-Conversation with Elise Hooper

  • Missouri Regional Library Art Gallery 214 Adams Street Jefferson City, MO, 65101 United States (map)

Author talk & signing for "Learning to See"


Join me as I chat with Elise Hooper, author of Learning to See, at the Missouri Regional Library Art Museum in Jefferson City, MO at 7pm on Tuesday, March 5.

Learning to See portrays pioneering documentary photographer Dorothea Lange's transformation from San Francisco's leading society portraitist to a reformer and creator of the most iconic images in American history. Set during the first half of the 20th century, Hooper's new novel is a timely account of a woman who risked everything for art, activism, and love. Hooper is also the author The Other Alcott.

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About Learning to See:

In 1918, a fearless twenty-two-year old arrives in bohemian San Francisco from the Northeast, determined to make her own way as an independent woman. Renaming herself Dorothea Lange she is soon the celebrated owner of the city’s most prestigious and stylish portrait studio and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon.

By the early 1930s, as America’s economy collapses, her marriage founders and Dorothea must find ways to support her two young sons single-handedly. Determined to expose the horrific conditions of the nation’s poor, she takes to the road with her camera, creating images that inspire, reform, and define the era. And when the United States enters World War II, Dorothea chooses to confront another injustice—the incarceration of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans.

At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, dares to be different. But her choices came at a steep price…