Cover image for Lewis W. Hine children at work
Lewis W. Hine children at work
Goldberg, Vicki.
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Publication Information:
Munich ; New York : Prestel, [1999]

Physical Description:
104 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 31 cm
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Contains photographs by Lewis W. Hine.
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HD6250.U3 G65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Lewis Hine's famous images of child laborers in America.

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A highly selected, technically clean, artfully constructed set of photographs from Hine's mixed body of famous child labor pictures are reproduced, one per page as opposed to within contextual layouts (with text), which Hine preferred in print, on broadsides, and in exhibitions. Hine was torn between producing art and producing social documents. Goldberg (photography critic, New York Times) offers a brief, informative essay that introduces the man, his work, his predecessors (Jacob Riis and Jesse Tarbox Beals), his historical and social climate, and his (and the reformers') attitudes on behalf of change--particularly as applied to child labor. Goldberg says Hine's "... pictures have a kind of prosaic matter-of-factness, a flatness, and straightforwardness, a head-on recognition of things as they are without need of embellishment ...." But it was photography's power to convince, which Hine learned from the new photo/text advertising (propaganda), that he would promote to sell social reform. Goldberg brushes over the art versus documentary debate and ends wisely by saying, "There are no simple answers." Current debates missing here are documentary versus muckraking (propaganda); whether documentary or muckraking photographs are effective without words; and whether Hine (and the Progressive reform movement) worked from an oversimplified and outsider view of immigrant family beliefs, traditions, and customs. General readers; undergraduates; professionals. C. Chiarenza; emeritus, University of Rochester