Artworks and Artists
Lewis W. Hine
Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 26 September 1874
Died in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, 04 November 1940
Portrait of Lewis W. Hine c. 1903, Courtesy George Eastman House

Lewis W. Hine

Beginning as a teacher, Hine moved on to become a social reformer. The central theme of his camera work was the human cost, especially for children, of industrial working conditions. His 1904 photographs of immigrants were made for the purpose of dispelling prejudice against them. From 1907 to 1918 he photographed and wrote for the National Child Labour Committee, searching out examples of illegal (under age 16) child labour, in spinning mills, fish canneries, farms, and city streets. In 1918-19 he documented the effects of war in Europe for the Red Cross. Hine's exploration of construction and industrial workers resulted in the publication Men at Work in 1932.