Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lewis Hine

Lewis Hine (1874-1940) was an American photographer who used photography as a tool to bring out the social problems of the society, to make a change. He took photos of child labor in USA, immigrants for searching better live overseas and steel workers, building Empire state building. The famous picture with the workers of Empire state building sitting on a steel bar is also by Hine.

Self portrait of Lewis Hine

I got the chance to see the exhibition of Lewis Hines pictures in Nederlands Fotomuseum. There were so many really stopping pictures. There's so much feeling in the photos. Stories of child laborers, a newspaper boy that is sleeping on the stairway, a small boy that is picking cotton. A small baby in front of the "temporary home for colored children".

Here's just some of the photos. Rights belong to their respective owners.

"Little spinner girl in Globe cotton mill"

"Shrimp and oyster worker" (1911)

"I wanted to show the things that had to be corrected;
I wanted to show the things that had to be appreciated."
- Lewis Hine

"Underprivileged child at Hull House" (1920)

"A sleeping newsboy" (1912)

"Candy worker" (1925)

"Rockefeller Center Construction Site, c. 1930"

"Photography can light-up darkness and expose ignorance."
- Lewis Hine

"The girl works all day in a cannery." (1911)

This was the most stopping picture of the whole exhibition. Too bad I couldn't find any better version of the picture from the internet. In the white board it says "temporary home for colored children"

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