‘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.