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Past Exhibition

  • Lewis W. Hine, Midnight at the Brooklyn Bridge, 1906. George Eastman House Collection, transfer from Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee; ex-collection of Corydon Hine.
  • Lewis W. Hine, Mechanic at Steam Pump in Electric Power House, 1920. Transfer from Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee; ex‐collection of Corydon Hine. © George Eastman House Collection.
  • Lewis W. Hine, Icarus Atop Empire State Building, 1931. Transfer from Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee; ex‐collection of Corydon Hine. © George Eastman House Collection.
  • Lewis W. Hine, Street scene, New York City, ca. 1910. Transfer from Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee; ex-collection of Corydon Hine. © George Eastman House Collection.
  • Lewis W. Hine, Waiting For the Dispensary to Open. Hull House District, Chicago, 1910. Transfer from Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee; ex- collection of Corydon Hine. © George Eastman House Collection.
  • Lewis W. Hine, Italian family on ferry boat, leaving Ellis Island, 1905. Transfer from Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee; ex-collection of Corydon Hine. © George Eastman House Collection.
  • Lewis W. Hine, Candy Worker, New York, ca. 1925. Transfer from Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee; ex-collection of Corydon Hine. © George Eastman House Collection.
  • Lewis W. Hine, Black family by fireplace, 1920. Transfer from Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee; ex-collection of Corydon Hine. © George Eastman House Collection.

Lewis Hine

OCTOBER 4–JANUARY 19, 2014

"In his hands, the camera would serve to reveal with quasi-scientific objectivity the circumstances of various understudied populations. His pictures often are aesthetically compelling, and his portraits of individuals are especially vivid both visually and emotionally."
The New York Times

Lewis Hine (1874–1940) is widely recognized as an American original whose work has been cited as a precursor to modernist and documentary photography. While certain of Hine's photographic projects—such as on immigration, child labor, New York City, and the building of the Empire State Building—are well known, few exhibitions have considered his entire life's work. The aim of Lewis Hine is to provide a broad overview of his photographic career, using supplementary material to situate the photographs in the contexts of their original consumption while providing a platform for reconsidering the work today—both historically and artistically. The exhibition includes Hine's earliest work from Ellis Island (1905) and extensive selections from every major project that followed, including "Hull House," "American Red Cross in Europe," and "Men at Work." The exhibition is curated by Alison Nordström, Curator-at-Large at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, which holds the largest and most comprehensive archive of Hine's work.

Lewis Hine was organized by the George Eastman House with support from the Terra Foundation in collaboration with Fundación Mapfre, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Nederlands Fotomuseum. The ICP presentation was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.