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Boys in Cotton Mill, Georgia

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Lewis W. Hine, Boys in Cotton Mill, Georgia, ca. 1910, gelatin silver print, Bequest of Fae Heath Batten, no known copyright restrictions, 1997.58.74

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Title

Boys in Cotton Mill, Georgia

Artist

Lewis W. Hine (American, 1874-1940)

Date

ca. 1910

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 4 11/16 in x 6 9/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: "376, graphite, verso; center right

inscription: 376, graphite, verso; lower right

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Bequest of Fae Heath Batten

Accession Number

1997.58.74

Copyright

no known copyright restrictions

Terms

children

cotton mills

gelatin silver prints

photographs

portraits

youth

Description

Between 1906 and 1918, Lewis W. Hine served as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee, a socially concerned organization working to ban most forms of child labor in the United States. Hine’s job was dangerous, requiring him to enter mills and mines unnoticed or in disguise, his bulky camera hidden beneath his coat. Unlike the idealized, painterly portraits of children made by Pictorialist photographers (contemporaries of Hine’s who strove to depict beauty through photography), Hine’s pictures of young workers are shockingly real, sharply focused, and demonstrative of the destructive effects of hard labor on small bodies. Still, his stark photographs often celebrate the irrepressible vibrancy of youth. Many of his subjects, whether posing in a coal mine or in a factory surrounded by hulking machinery, express pride of purpose and touching innocence.

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