Lewis Wickes Hine

(Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1874 - 1940, Dobbs Ferry, New York)

Hartford, Ct., March 1909


Gelatin silver print

6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (16.5 x 11.4 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of John Coplans


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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 wrote captions for most of his photos, incorporating facts about the people and places depicted, and often with direct quotes from his subjects. These original captions, where available, are given, unedited, in quotation marks below. “9 p.m. March 4, 1909 in Hartford. Group of newsies still selling although it was bitter cold and blizzardy. Smallest chap was 8 years old. The boys said he has been selling for the 3 years. Boy next him (end) has been selling 4 years—called Bologna.”

Gelatin Silver
United States
Child laborers