Aug 13, 2007

Cotton Mill, South Carolina

Cotton Mill, South Carolina

c. 1910

Lewis Hine

(American, 1874–1940)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 11.6 x 16.9 cm (4 9/16 x 6 5/8 in.); Paper: 12.7 x 17.7 cm (5 x 6 15/16 in.); Matted: 30.6 x 35.6 cm (12 1/16 x 14 in.)

Gift of Russ Anderson 1991.294



Pioneering social documentary photographer Lewis Hine produced the defining images of child labor in the early 1900s. As an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee, Hine used his photography to advocate for social change by exposing the horrific working conditions children suffered in industrial agriculture, textile production, mining, and other jobs. His images appeared in many publications, including the committee’s journal, The Child Labor Bulletin. The issue on view here, which was specifically aimed at a young audience, urged readers to identify with the children in the photographs and to understand the unseen labor behind their consumer goods.

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Gift of Russ Anderson

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