Lewis Hine Directory

Lewis Hine was one of the first proponents of social documentary photography. Hine documented the development of industrialization in United States of America. Lewis Hine supported the introduction of industrialization as he was a believer in the American Dream - 'work is the path to success'. However his background as a sociology teacher showed him the pitfalls of developing industry, and the problems that surrounded it. As Hine pointed out:

"There are two things I want to do. I want to show the things that had to be corrected. I want to show the things that had to be appreciated."

Lewis Hine recognized one of his problems of industrialization was child labour, and set out to change this situation. Hine believed in a sociological approach in dealing with this predicament. When photographing individuals he saw them as representing a wider social group. He told one meeting that his photographs would encourage people to "exert the force to right wrongs".

Lewis Hine was employed as a staff photographer for the National Child Labour Committee. Hine's contribution to the N.C.L.C. was vast. As well as his photographs appearing in posters and publications, Hines also designed the committee's exhibitions and brochures. Hine's photographs also illustrated his own reports and were used by newspapers and magazines. Due to the pressures of N.C.L.C., Congress agreed to pass legislation to protect children in 1916.

After the success of Lewis Hines work with the N.C.L.C., Hine went to Europe to work for the Red Cross. He documented the living conditions of the French and Belgian civilians during the First World War. After the Armistice Hine went to the Balkans and in 1919 he published The Children's Burden in the Balkans. In 1930-31 Hine recorded the construction of the Empire State Building which was later published as a book, Men at Work (1932).


Spartacus Biogrpahy of Lewis Hine

New York Public Library: Lewis Hine

Wikipedia: Lewis Hine

Klotz Gallery

The Social Reform Photography of Lewis Hine: Kay Davis

Profotos: Lewis Hine

Appalachian State University

Atget Photography

Men at Work: Photographic Studies of Modern Men and Machines

Lewis W. Hine

Photo Story: Selected Letters and Photographs of Lewis W. Hine


National Child Labor Committee Collection Photographs by Lewis Hine

Lee Gallery

The History Place

Let Children Be Children: Lewis Hine

Empire State Building: Lewis Hine

Hine Collection: University of Maryland

Royalty Free Images: The Multimedia Library

U.S. Child Labor, 1908-1920


Articles about Lewis Hine

Picturing the immigrant: Readings in Identity and Culture By Gabriella Ibieta and Miles Orvell

The 'Sky Boys' By Jim Rasenberger

Lewis Hine his camera told the truth by James Rumford

Frédéric Perrier: Lewis Hine in Hastings-on-Hudson

Telling Lewis Hine's Story: Russell Freedman's "Kids at Work."


Student Resoures

Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor: The National Archives

National Child Labor Committee

Books and Periodicals

Lewis Hine Project: Joe Manning

Lewis Hine Time Line

Lewis Hine: Immigration and the Progressive Era - Teaching Notes

Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor - Lesson Plans


Kids at Work

Lewis W. Hine: The Empire State Building

America and Lewis Hine

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