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Lewis Wickes Hine

American photographer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Born 1874 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Lewis W. Hine is widely recognized as the outstanding exponent of social documentary photography in America. He began taking photographs in 1904, and soon realized that the camera was in important instrument for teaching, as well as recording social conditions in America's inner city. He taught at a photographic club in 1905 and was later joined by Paul Strand. He worked for the National Child Labor Committee from 1906 to 1917, photographing children working in coalmines and factories. He traveled extensively throughout the United States documenting the social conditions of children and giving lectures on behalf of the National Child Labor Committee. He joined the Red Cross in 1918, which sent him to France. Upon his return to New York in 1919, he changed his straightforward objective style to a more interpretive approach, advertising his work as "Lewis Wickes Hine, Interpretive Photography." In 1930, Hine was given the task of photographing the construction of the Empire State Building. His images of workers on scaffolds high above the city streets are among his most famous. He died in 1940 at Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500115193.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Lewis Wickes Hine:

Lewis Wickes Hine Newspaper Carriers, ca. 1910 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Homework, New York City, 1910 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Untitled (Steel Worker, Empire State), ca. 1931 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Magnolia Cotton Mills, Magnolia, Miss., 1911 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine School near Cotton Mills, Winona, Miss., 1911 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Petersburg, VA (Cigarette Factory), 1911 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Factory Workers, Petersburg, VA, 1911 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Elizabeth Knitting Mills, Berkely, VA, 1911 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Pickett Cotton Mill, High Point, NC, 1912 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Exhibit Panel: Why This Double Standard?, ca. 1913 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Mill School, Huntsville, AL, ca. 1913 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Exhibit Panel: New Orleans Cotton Mill, LA, ca. 1914 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Exhibit Panel: Permits and Inspections, ca. 1914 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Workers, Cape Fear Cotton Mills, Fayetteville, NC, 1914 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Cotton Workers at Home, NJ, 1922 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Spooler, Shelton Looms, Shelton, Connecticut, ca. 1933 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine South Pittston, Pennsylvania…, 1911 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Untitled, ca. 1915 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine 10 Yr. Old Picker on Gildersleeve Tobacco Farm, 1917 Gelatin silver print
Lewis Wickes Hine Untitled [seated girl with head in hands], ca. 1910 Gelatin silver print
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