Hine served as an investigator for the National Child Labor Committee, established to “combat the danger in which childhood is placed by greed and rapacity.” He used any pretext to gain entrance to a factory often secretly interviewing the children, concealing his note taking by keeping his hands in his pockets. When barred from entrance, Hine waited outside the factory gate taking his pictures as the children left work. His photos were widely distributed, their impact greater than any printed word. The impression they made contributed significantly to the reform of child labor. [Description from: www.eyewitnesstohistory.com]
- Lewis Hine’s Photographs by Bob Peterson and Bill Bigelow. Article with teaching ideas.
- Eyewitness to History: Children at Work 1908-1912. A photo essay on the work of Lewis Hine.
- National Child Labor Committee Lewis Hine Awards. These awards are presented annually by the National Child Labor Committee to ten recipients for their unheralded and exceptional service to young people.