Lewis Hine

Hello everybody! My name is Laura and I’m writing my mini-research paper about Lewis Hine, a photographer who has recently inspired me. All I have been thinking about recently is this research paper and the due-date, which happens to be tomorrow. So, I thought I would give everybody a sneak preview of my paper.

Lewis Hine’s “Men at Work” photographs are inspiring, educational, and intense in their attempt to glorify the labors of Post War America.

Lewis Hine had no particular binding interest in New York City, yet the project of photographing the construction of the Empire State Building was right up his alley. His work was always situated on capturing what he called “work portraits”, which emphasized the human contribution to the modern industry, and this project definitely indulged in the greatness of the human contribution, and was also able to capture the dangers modernization brought upon those workers who strived towards it.

Hine also believed in education through images. He worked towards photos that were able to depict the wonders, dangers, and interests of every individual involved to deliver an image which could in fact be, “worth a thousand words”. In his photograph of a “safety man” at work he was able to capture the danger of his position by having the NYC skyline as his backdrop. You can see the true grit of the assignment with the man loose high atop this incomplete structure with no restraints and only his wits about him, and even in the face of such peril Hine was able to capture the “safety man” with a certain air of happiness and seriousness, not only aware of the caution he must undertake to remain alive, but proud of his work and joyful to be but a small part in the advancement of his city. This photo was able to shine light on the hardships that greatness requires and educates the viewer in a certain appreciation and recognition of the sweat and blood that were embraced everyday.

Much like Hine’s previous work in photographing child labor, his “Men at Work” project captured a dark side to the labors necessary in the modern industry. In his photo “Sky Boy” you once again witness an untied, unsafe, young man a quarter mile above NYC hard at work, yet it seems like he’s hardly working. The look in his face is not one of a worker but one of a creator. He at his work in awe and admiration, as one would look at their child, because for him that is his child. Although he didn’t create it, he’s creating it…

That’s it for now. If you have any tips, feel free to message me with advice.




One thought on “Lewis Hine

  1. Hi Laura ๐Ÿ™‚ I found your post because I’m searching informations and bibliography about Lewis Hine for my Sociology Degree ! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m Italian and I’m very fascined about Hine, New York and immigration too. Good work ๐Ÿ™‚

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