Artworks and Artists
Young Spinner in Carolina Mill: Child Labour

Young Spinner in Carolina Mill: Child Labour,
1908
Hine, Lewis W.
gelatin silver print
12.6 x 17.6 cm; image: 12.4 x 17.1 cm

Theme:

The central theme of Hine's camera work was the human cost, especially for children, of industrial working conditions. 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.This image of a ten-year-old girl working in a cotton mill is typical of the work Hine did for the National Child Labour Committee. He posed children to emphasize their individuality and to contrast their size against the huge machinery.