CHILD LABOUR IN THE USA – Lewis Hine (1874–1940)

Exhibition From February 22 to March 11 | Maha Bandoola Park

Opening | 22 February 2020

By Lewis Hine

US photographer Lewis Wickes Hine (1874–1940), originally a teacher, used his art to bring social ills, in particular child labour, to public attention. He considered photography to be an educational tool and travelled throughout the USA, gathering pictures of exploited children despite factory police threatening him with violence or even death. To gain entry into the mills, mines and factories where he secretly took notes of his conversations with children, Hine often disguised himself as an insurance agent or a bible salesman. His work inspired social change and the introduction of child labour laws.