Lewis Wickes Hine
American, 1874-1940
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Selected exhibitions
2017
The 25th Anniversary Show,
Scott Nichols Gallery
2016
The Most Influential Images of All Time,
Time Magazine
2005
The Body at Risk, Photography of Disorder, Illness and Healing,
International Center of Photography

For American photographer Lewis Wickes Hine, photography was a tool to “show things that had to be corrected.” At the beginning of the 20th century, he realized the storytelling power of documentary photography, and his images of children working in shocking situations would become instrumental in the passage of child labor laws. To create these images—he made over 5,000 negatives for the National Child Labor Committee over the course of 10 years—Hine often snuck into factories to conduct his work, noting personal details about the children, including their ages, heights, and the hours that they worked, and portraying them in frank, directly head-on portraits. In addition, he created a now-famous series of images of workers atop the Empire State Building during its construction in the 1930s for the series “Men at Work”.