Lewis Wickes Hine was, above all else, an American sociologist and photographer, who used his camera as did Jacob A. Riis, as a tool for social reform. His photographs were instrumental in changing the child labor laws in the United States.
Hine was born on 26 September 1874 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Not many people were interested in his work, past or present, and Hine lost his house and applied for welfare. He died at age 66, after surgery, on 3 November 1940 at the Dobbs Ferry [NY] Hospital.
Hine as a younger man.
Lewis Hine, Bibb Mill No. 1, Macon Georgia,
Lewis Hine, Breaker boys, Pittston, Pennsylvania coal mine
Click on this link to see many more of his remarkable photos that helped to change labor laws in the USA, despite strong opposition. The link to labor laws in the prior sentence dates the years in which state legislatures eventually and sometimes grudgingly ratified the law from 1924 to 1937.
Lewis Hine, Spinner, Cotton Mill, Augusta, Georgia, silver contact print, 1909
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Lewis Hine, Addie Card at work.
Lewis Hine, Glass workers at midnight.
Lewis Hine, Glass workers baseball team.
Lewis Hine, Faces of Lost Youth: Adolescent girls from Bibb Mfg. Co. in Macon, Georgia.
Lewis Hine, Callie Campbell
Lewis Hine, untitled
Lewis Hine, Italian immigrants at Ellis Island -- 1905
Click on this link for many more of Hine's Ellis Island photos.