Migratory Family Fleeing the Dust Bowl, 1937


Colorized photo of Migratory family traveling across the desert

This photo of a migrant family on the road and looking for work in 1937 Arizona was taken by Dorothea Lange. Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) is considered to be one of  America’s greatest documentary photographers and is best known for her chronicles of the Great Depression photographs of migratory farm workers. Dorethea Lange’s photos were created for the U.S. Farm Security Administration (FSA) investigating the living conditions of farm workers and families who had come west to escape the dust bowl. The dust bowl, if your not familiar was a lengthy drought which devastated millions of acres of farmland in the mid-western states in the 1930’s and contributed to the great depression. 

This is the first photo I colorized completely by hand with a digital pen and not a mouse. I just bought a Wacom Intuos touch graphic tablet to further enhance my detail work and I have to say, I am really digging it. There is a steep learning curve, but now that I am more familiar with using the brush it feels far more natural.The results are great as well, I think the photos look a bit more clean and crisp.

Below is my full size colorization as well as  the full size black and white photo. feel free to share this colorization on your social network of choice as well as leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.

Colorized MigrantsColorized photo of Migratory family traveling across the desert

All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within Metacolor.org is the sole work of Wayne Degan.

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