(Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1874 - 1940, Dobbs Ferry, New York)
Gelatin silver print
3 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. (8.9 x 14.7 cm)
Collection of the Akron Art Museum
Gift of John Coplans
Lewis Hine, considered by many to be the father of modern social documentary photography, spent more than a decade as the official photographer for the National Child Labor Committee. Between 1908 and 1921, Hine photographed rural and urban child laborers across the country. The resulting images were used in NCLC pamphlets, exhibits, and magazine advertisements, and helped to transform the nation’s attitudes and policies on child labor and welfare. Hine’s images and information were also disseminated through traveling exhibits, many of which he also organized and designed. This photograph shows one of the posters from such an exhibit.