Lewis Wickes Hine, ‘Some of the Workers in a Packing Company, Plenty of Work even for the Tiniest Hands, Baltimore, Maryland’, 1909, Photography, Gelatin silver, printed later, Heritage Auctions
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Lewis Wickes Hine

Some of the Workers in a Packing Company, Plenty of Work even for the Tiniest Hands, Baltimore, Maryland, 1909

Gelatin silver, printed later
5 × 7 in
12.7 × 17.8 cm
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Framed Dimensions 12 X 16 Inches

Condition Report: Sheet is cornered to board; minor crazing along …

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Dated and annotated in pencil by an unknown hand verso.
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Lewis Wickes Hine
American, 1874–1940
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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”.

Lewis Wickes Hine, ‘Some of the Workers in a Packing Company, Plenty of Work even for the Tiniest Hands, Baltimore, Maryland’, 1909, Photography, Gelatin silver, printed later, Heritage Auctions
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Framed Dimensions 12 X 16 Inches

Condition Report: Sheet is cornered to board; minor crazing along the lower edge and the upper right corner; minor edgewear to the margins; overall slight discoloration commensurate with age.

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Signature
Dated and annotated in pencil by an unknown hand verso.
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Lewis Wickes Hine
American, 1874–1940
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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”.

Lewis Wickes Hine

Some of the Workers in a Packing Company, Plenty of Work even for the Tiniest Hands, Baltimore, Maryland, 1909

Gelatin silver, printed later
5 × 7 in
12.7 × 17.8 cm
Bidding closed
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