Soldier Thrown in Air 1917: Lewis Hines History in Photos

Photographer Lewis Hine photographed American Red Cross relief work in Europe in 1917. While in Europe, he photographed the conditions in post-war and the relief efforts of the American Red Cross.

Lewis Hine (American, 1874 – 1940), Soldier Thrown in Air, 1917, gelatin silver print, Patrons’ Permanent Fund 1995.36.90 – Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia

Lewis Hine was one of the most prolific photographers in Industrial America. Hine established himself as America’s first photojournalist and a champion of child labor laws in the United States. One of his achievements was the publication in the early 1930s, “Men at Work” which was a book of photographs during the construction of the Empire State Building.

Picture was taken at the American Red Cross hospital at Auteuil. October 1918.

A.F.F.W. Drivers. Chauffeurs of the American Fund for French Wounded. From left to right they are: Miss Rogers, Miss Hughes, Miss Robeson, Miss Caspari, Mrs. Crean, Miss Kennerley, Miss Wilde and Miss Washburn. September 1918.

Lewis Hine became known as a pioneer in sociological photography and declared the most important documentary study of American conditions in southern cotton mills, New York tenements, sweatshops and coal mines.

Group of refugee children who have been received by a French organization, aided by the American Red Cross at St. Sulpice, Paris. August 1918.

In assessing his own work, Hine stated, “There are two things I wanted to do. I wanted to show the things that had to be corrected; I wanted to show the things that had to be appreciated.”

Sky Boy – Empire State Building

Lewis Hines was acclaimed by artists and social reformers alike. Unfortunately, Hines died in poverty forced to live on welfare.

You can view more of the Lewis Hine Collection at this website.

By Hope Thompson

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