"Migrant Mom" has got it going on! Huh???
...The ridicule and malignment of Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" in your April issue is a travesty! In case you didn't know, this photo was chosen by Edward Steichen for "The Family of Man" collection...
St. Louis, Mo
..."Migrant Mother" is a beautiful piece of history and I find your slaps at the hardships shown to be disrespectful and ugly....
Coos Bay, OR
...You turned an emotional photo into nothing more than a warm and fuzzy studio-like portrait...
Anderson K. Barbosa
Boynton Beach, FL
...a totally insensitive and unappreciative unearthing and reburial of one of many great photographs that helped give the photographic medium (and your magazine) its standing in today's world...
John M. Ducey
(His response when we informed him it was an April Fool's spoof: "Sorry to have flown off the handle like that. All I saw was the picture and the supposed fix, and reacted so fast that I didn't even read the caption at the top. It is a delightfully effective spoof.")
...Digital imaging does not in my opinion give us the right to take a photo that tells a story and the truth about life, and turn it into a pretty picture...
Colorado Springs, Colorado
..."Can these shots be saved?" Destroyed is more like it...
...The glib and thoughtless attitude displayed in assessing the photo is totally distressing. I imagine you were trying to make light of just the photo, but I found it totally offensive....
...Regarding your April Fool's spoof of the poor, discouraged young mother of the Dust Bowl era; to me, the dirt and wrinkles look just beautiful. You couldn't edit out the dignity, could you? I wish I could say the same for the staff that worked on this.
Yes I do have a sense of humor, and I do have a life...