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    Social Issues and Photographer Lewis Hine

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    In three pages this paper discusses photographer Lewis Wickes Hine in a consideration of his photography and the profound influence social issues of his time played in his captured images. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    in the first half of the 20th century. Through his insightful images of the immigrants on Ellis Island at the turn of the century, the child laborers across the country,  the devastating human aspects of World War I and the building of the Empire State Building during the Great Depression, Hine managed to open a nations eyes to the humanist  concerns important within an industrial society which values its luxury but often has little regard for the human price to be paid in the production of such luxury (Troncale, 1996;  Arts, 2003). Hine studied and eventually taught at the Ethical Culture School in New York City through which he conveyed the importance of delivering vital social concerns and messages through  his photography. Essentially Hine began by documenting the immigrants who were waiting processing at Ellis Island at the beginning of the 20th century and from there he followed the immigrants  into the tenement sections of the Lower East Side in Manhattan. Using a documentary style in his images but primarily using the human condition as his focus, Hine soon realized  that his images could help to reform the situations he was witnessing. Hine approached the social welfare agencies with the concept that he could help with the reform campaigns and  in 1907 he participated in the Pittsburgh Survey to study the living conditions in that industrial city. In 1908 he became the staff photographer for the National Child Labor Committee  and traveled across much of the eastern and southern U.S. vividly depicting the conditions of the child labor which used extensively in the "factories, fields, mines, mills and canneries" across  the country (Troncale, 1996). Hines images included small children making artificial flowers, entire families employed within the same factory, finger loss within the textile mills, the high level of accidents 

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