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The documentary photographer's work does not end with the field assignment. The process of creating a picture continues in the darkroom where FSA photographers often honed the message they wished to convey by cropping their images. In the case of Dorothea Lange's photograph "Plantation owner, Clarksdale, Mississippi, June 1936," her reframing of the original picture eliminated information that revealed how her photographic assignment was carried out. In the full negative of the photograph, an additional figure is just visible on the left side of the picture. This figure was Lange's husband, the economist Paul S. Taylor, who often accompanied her on FSA assignments to help collect data for accompanying captions and to assist in diverting subjects' attention away from the photographer.

<< In Lange's finished version of the photograph, Taylor's presence was deleted.

The photograph was widely published, and in some cases the picture was cropped again, further revising the story it told. >>

The original photograph, Lange's cropped picture, and published cropped versions demonstrate how reframing conveys different perspectives to viewers.