|Worker on the Empire State Building (1931) - Photo by Lewis Hine|
|Addie Card, 12-year-old spinner (1910) - Photo: Lewis Whine|
Lewis Hine was an early faculty member of the prestigious Ethical Culture Fieldston School, a private independent school in New York City whose core value is the respect for human dignity, and which has produced such diverse members of society as J. Robert Oppenheimer, Barbara Walters and Jeffrey Katzenberg. In the early 1900s, Hine took his students to Ellis Island and encouraged them to use photography as an educational medium. He documented the masses of immigrants fleeing an impoverished Europe, hoping for a better future in an America that was booming.
|Ellis Island (1905) Photo: Lewis Hine|
|Child labor (1908) Photo: Lewis Hine|
|Empire State Building (1931) Photo: Lewis Hine|
By coincidence, I happen to be reading "Waterworks" by E.L. Doctorow, historical fiction set in New York City in 1871. From the back cover:
"In a city where every form of crime and vice flourishes, corruption is king, fabulous wealth stands on the shoulders of unspeakable want, and there are no limits to larceny."
|Photo: Lewis Hine (1916)|
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