Lewis W. Hine

Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874-1940) spent years of his life photographing child labors in American businesses in an effort to expose the conditions under which they worked. His efforts are generally recognized as the first use of photography to bring about legislative change.

Trained as a sociologist, Hine used his camera to spark social reform. His images and notes both exposed and informed the viewer, introducing these American children and the industries that engaged their services. Much of his finest work was created in the South.

The prints reproduced here, all child labor images, are vintage prints measuring 5x7 inches or less. The information accompanying each photographic print was written by Lewis Hine.

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