|Minneapolis Moline, 1918 Women workers replacing men sent off to fight........|
"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera." - Lewis Hine
Lewis Hine’s photography was primarily focused on people, and he was known as one of the fathers of investigative photojournalism.
Lewis W. Hine born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1874 he attended University of Chicago, Columbia University and New York University where later he taught in New York at the Ethical Culture School, where he encouraged his students to use photography as an educational medium. The classes traveled to Ellis Island in New York Harbor, photographing 1000 immigrants who arrived each day, between 1904- 1909. Hine took over 200 photographs and came to the realization that his vocation was photojournalism.
"While photographs may not lie, liars may photograph!" - Lewis Hine
|"The overseer apologetically said, "She just happened in, "Newberry, South Carolina, December 1908.|
Having worked himself as a factory worker at the age of 18 due to his father’s early death, he put in 13 hour days six days a week. He spent his life combating child labor, publishing and tirelessly lecturing against child labor. An associate then and full member of the National Child labor Committee (NCLC) he published in magazines such as the liberal Survey in newspapers, posters and committee publications that urged Congress to enforce existing laws and improve the protection of children.
Hine’s “photo stories” were a milestone in the development of photojournalism.
"In my early days of my child labor activities, I was an investigator with a camera attachment, but the emphasis became reversed until the camera stole the whole show." - Lewis Hine.
|Addie Card 12 year old "spinner" at North Pownal, Vt. Cotton Mill.|
"Photography can light-up darkness and expose ignorance." - Lewis Hine.
|These workman are eating lunch, imagine that today! They are on the 69th floor of the GE Building during the construction of Rockefeller Center, New York 1932.|
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This image by Lewis Hine (Archives of the US Work Progress Administration) is a pure example of Hine's flowing composition which encircles machine and this one strong armed, handsome, clean cut and yet hard working laborer--uniting him with the steam pump...with just a perfect light shining upon his every turn of his wrench.
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