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Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940)

Biography of American photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940)

Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940) was an American sociologist and photographer. Hine was born at Oshkosh in Wisconson, USA in 1874.

Hine was educated in sociology at the University of Chicago, Columbia University and New York University and eventually became a teacher at Fieldston in New York City.

He frequently took his pupils to Ellis Island where they photographed immigrants arriving in the United States.

In 1907, Hine became a photographer for the Russell Sage Foundation and worked on the sociological project The Pittsburgh Study, which primarily looked at the life of steel workers and their families in and around Pittsburgh.

The following year he left his teaching post and worked for the next decade or so with the National Child Labor Committee photographing child labour in an effort to end its use in the United States.

He photographed the work of the American Red Cross during World War I. In the post-war period, he focused on photographing modern industry.

Hine died in New York in 1940.

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Lot FS29/462

Lot FS29/462: Lewis Wickes Hine [1874-1940, Winsconsin, USA] - George, A Worker in A Cotton Mill Vintage Gelatin-silver Print

Lewis Wickes Hine [1874-1940, Winsconsin, USA] - George, a worker in a Cotton Mill vintage gelatin-silver print - image 11.5 x 8.5cm, sheet size 17 x 12cm Inscribed and initialled by Hine on the reverse of the print 'George, a worker in a cotton Mill. Mother said he had just reached 11 years and has been working on and off for over a year. He makes 5.50 dollars a week. father works in Mill, April 1913. F W.H'.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £550

Lot FS29/463

Lot FS29/463: Lewis Wickes Hine [1874-1940, Winsconsin, USA] - Indianapolis Newsboys Waiting For the Base-ball Edition in A Newspaper Office. Aug., 1908. Vintage Gelatin-silver Print

Lewis Wickes Hine [1874-1940, Winsconsin, USA] - Indianapolis Newsboys Waiting for the Base-ball Edition in a Newspaper Office. Aug., 1908. vintage gelatin-silver print - image 12.5 x 16cm Original typed label of the National Child Labor Committee verso inscribed '#113 Indianapolis Newsboys Waiting for the Base-ball Edition in a Newspaper Office. Aug., 1908. Wit., EN Clopper. Photo by (Lewis Hine's stamp:) Lewis W Hine, Charities and the Commons, 105 E.22nd St., NY City. and in ink: Street Trades #113 cut 1¼'' x 1 3/8'' Drawer 28'.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £550

Lot FS29/465

Lot FS29/465: Lewis Wickes Hine [1874-1940, Winsconsin, USA] - Oyster-shuckers in Barataria Canning Company in Biloxi. February 1911 Vintage Gelatin-silver Print

Lewis Wickes Hine [1874-1940, Winsconsin, USA] - Oyster-shuckers in Barataria Canning Company in Biloxi. February 1911 vintage gelatin-silver print - 11 x 16cm.

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £380

Lot FS29/467

Lot FS29/467: Lewis Wickes Hine [1874-1940, Winsconsin, USA] - George Cross's Home Vintage Gelatin-silver Print

Lewis Wickes Hine [1874-1940, Winsconsin, USA] - George Cross's home vintage gelatin-silver print - 9 x 11.5cm.

Estimate: £300 - £400
Realised: £340