Dorothea Lange’s Country Store on Dirt Road Photo Building Still Standing at 75 Wheelers Church Road, Cedar Grove, NC

Dorothea Lange is a wonderful classic photographer  just as talented as Ansel Adams. She criss crossed the United States during the 1930s documenting the poverty of the Depression in the rural South and California. Her migrant pictures are the visual companion of Steinbeck’s Fruits of Wrath. One of the most beautiful images, worth the fame of any Rockwell painting, is the Country Store on Dirt Road. It was taken on a Sunday afternoon, in July 1939. It captures not only the hard life, but also the vitality of a people much tried. The value of the picture is highlighted by the racial context of the picture, which includes both white and black subjects, and the mixture of brute misery of the building superimposed by the assault of commercial appeal.

Country Store on a Dirt Road by Dorothea Lange
Country Store on a Dirt Road by Dorothea Lange, Picture in the Public Domain

The truly remarkable thing is that the building still exists on that same country road in North Carolina. The rough hewn cypress column are still there, as are the improbably balanced rocks that support the porch. It can even be found on Google Street View! The address is 75 Wheelers Church Rd., Cedars Grove, North Carolina.



Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social groups. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Structural differentation in social media. He also co-edited Ethical Reasoning in Big Data,Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , all three the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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