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Vintage Photos—Child Composites

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From a series on Child Labor in 1913
By Lewis Wickes Hine, 1870-1940

I was perusing the Library of Congress website today for some photography on D-Day for a project at work. The Library of Congress has a fantastic site that catalogs a whole bunch of historical stuff, including a comprehensive photographic history of the US for over the last century. Besides photos, they also have cataloged many political cartoons and sketches of events from soliders and the like.

Most of the images are downloadable, and at high resolution, and a good portion of them don’t seem to have any publishing restrictions on them. So (as far as I know) they’re free to use in public forums, maybe even commercially..I’m not totally sure.

But, as I was looking through the photos, I found some astonishing photos of children that were being forced to work in the early 20th century, before child labor was outlawed. Anyway, it was obviously in the news a lot, and caused a lot of controversy, because there were many photographs of children working in mills, factories and at shipyards.

One photographer did a series on children, where he photographed composites of children’s faces. I found this to be a little disturbing, but interesting. I suppose this was a fairly new technique back in 1913, when Lewis Wickes Hine did this series, as photography was just at that time becoming a major tool for journalism as well as art.

Anyway, here are a few more from that series:



Currently listening to: “Deafening” by From Monument to Masses


Written by pocheco

March 13, 2006 at 8:34 pm

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