Dorothea was born on May 26th, 1895 in New Jersey. Her parents were German Immigrants. Dorothea is best known for her work with the Great Depression. She was a photographer and photojournalist during the Great Depression. At a young age, Dorothea contracted polio which left her with a permanent limp, and soon after her father left. Dorothea had an interest in photography, and went to school in Colombia, New York to learn more about Photography. During the Depression, Dorothea was hired by the Resettlement Association which helped struggling families. It was at this period in her life that Dorothea took the famous "Migrant Mother" photo. Overall, Dorothea has kept the Great Depression alive, but this is not a bad thing. It helps us remember those who struggled and lost their lives and loved ones.