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Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940

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Biographical Note:Lewis Wickes Hine was born on September 26, 1874 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He left school at the age of fifteen to work, but he continued his education by taking extension courses. He studied at the University of Chicago from 1900 to 1901, and Columbia University and New York University from 1901 to 1905. While studying, he also worked at the Ethical Culture School in New York City. He received a Pd.M. degree from New York University in 1905. He married Sara Ann Rich in 1904, and they had one son, Corydon Lewis.

Hine began photographing subjects in New York in 1903, including the Ethical Culture School, immigrants at Ellis Island, and immigrants as they settled in America. In 1909, he began working as a photographer for the magazine "Charities and the Commons" (later titled "Survey"). He took photographs of child labor practices for the National Child Labor Committee, which were published between 1907 and 1914. Hine was also sent abroad by the American Red Cross at the end of World War I, to photograph relief activities. After the war, he continued to photograph the workingman and industry, such as the construction of the Empire State Building in 1931. A collection of his industrial photographs were published in 1932 in the book "Men at Work". He died at Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, on November 3, 1940.
Source Note:His Men at work, 1932.
Dictionary of American Biography, Supplements 1-2: To 1940, c1944-1958

 

 
 

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