As Lewis Hine died in 1940, he could be proud of. The world was better because of him and his work, without the photographer, you would be worse. Who can say of themselves.

Hine was a photographer, and like others in the time of the First world war around, he wanted to document the world and the people. Hines Work as represented in the portrayed in their reality. Without sensationalism, and with a respect and a respect for every single Person, which still surprises us today. Even more, if you know that Hines was a work animal and thousands of people has shown.

use for the Weakest

The special thing about him: He the misery photographed most of the US-American society, the one that had to work children under inhumane conditions. On behalf of the National Child labor Committee (NCLC), he traveled to 75,000 kilometres through the United States and photographed children with no Childhood and no hope. He showed their work in agriculture, in the mines, factories, sewing workshops and on the streets.

no one would have granted them access. So Hines, as a spy worked. Posing as a representative or an insurance agent, and took the children secretly. Girl, sitting without any protection of labour, twelve hours of rattling looms. Or boys’, which had to solve on a conveyor belt with coal-balanced and hooked to the Brocken. Who fell in the rock stream, and was lost, or lost at least a foot or a Hand.

life meant nothing

A children’s life counted for nothing and cost nothing, greed, everything was, as a capitalism on the world by storm. So impetuous the production exploded, that there were never enough workers, around the world, children were used in mines and factories. To them, it lacked never, because adult workers were so badly paid, that the whole family had to work. In the year 1900, there were 1,7 million child workers in the United States.

child labor in Bangladesh, If the children of our cheap prosperity toil have made DPA

Until 1918 Hines over 5000 recordings in this hell. The effect was even able to tolerate due to its laconic descriptions, and aware of Hine waived a moralizing tone. “Fell into a spinning machine and his Hand went into unprotected gearing, crushing him with two fingers.”

His paintings are still relevant today. In the United States and the EU, there are no more children working in this Form, but the world looks very different. First of all, all Attempts to end this kind of child exploitation in the United States remained unsuccessful. A first act of 1916 was ruled Unconstitutional. In the Roosevelt Era of the New Deal, prohibition, the “Fair labor Standard Act” of 1938, the work for under sixteen year olds.

Two years later, Lewis Hine died.

The entire collection “National Child labor Committee Collection” has been digitized and can be viewed here. Our photo gallery shows the Work of Hine mostly with his own labels.

the book on The topic:


“The boss don‘t care” child labor in the United States 1908-1917 photographs of Lewis W. Hine Edited by Wilfried Kaute With a Foreword by Jean Ziegler

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