Lewis Wickes Hine – “Gallery of the Lost Generation”
In 1908 Lewis Hine became a staff photographer for the US National Committee of Child Labour, which launched the first in the history of US campaign against the exploitation of children in the workplace. For almost 10 years he traveled all over the US, from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast. Under various pretexts – pretending to be an insurance agent, merchant, preacher, or in extreme cases, industrial photographer – he penetrated in to factories, where child labor was practiced.
Hein filmed young children working as: miners, weavers, longshoremen, stokers, laborers, scavengers. The famous picture “Vision”, showing a little girl, turning away from the loom to the factory window, became a symbol of the fight against child labor. His pictures of that period. The photographer succinctly called it, ‘Gallery of the Lost Generation”.