Lewis Hine

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Full NameLewis Wickes Hine
Date of BirthSeptember 26, 1874
Place of BirthOshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.
Date of DeathNovember 3, 1940 (aged 66)
Place of DeathHastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Chicago, Columbia University, New York University
OccupationSociologist, photographer
MovementDocumentary photography, social realism
PatronsRussell Sage Foundation, National Child Labor Committee, Works Projects Administration
Known ForSocial reform was instrumental in the passage of the first child labor laws in the U.S.
Early CareerA teacher at the Ethical Culture School in New York City encouraged students to use photography as an educational medium
Ellis Island PhotographyPhotographed immigrants arriving at Ellis Island (1904-1909)
Russell Sage FoundationStaff photographer documented life in Pittsburgh’s steel-making districts
National Child Labor CommitteePhotographer documenting child labor across the U.S. (1908-1918)
Notable TechniquesUsed disguises to gain entry to factories and mills, posed as various professionals
World War IPhotographed American Red Cross relief work in Europe
Empire State BuildingCommissioned to document its construction in 1930, took photographs in precarious positions
LegacyKnown for exposing the harsh realities of child labor and contributing to social reform through photography

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