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Lacy, twelve years old and Savannah, eleven years old
1908

Medium
gelatin silver photograph
Measurements
11.9 × 17.1 cm (image and sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Carolina, United States
Accession Number
PH47-1980
Department
International Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1980
Gallery location
Not on display
About

‘Perhaps you are weary of child labour pictures. Well, so are the rest of us, but we propose to make you and the whole country so sick and tired of the whole business that when the time for action comes, child labour pictures will be records of the past.’
Lewis Hine, 1909
Originally trained as a sociologist, Lewis Hine worked for the National Child Labour Committee. In this role he used photographs, along with the carefully recorded personal details of his subjects, to build an immense documentary account of the prevalence of child labour in factories, mines and textile mills of the United States of America at the start of the 20th century.