Laying a beam, Empire State Building, New York, c 1931.

Hine, Lewis Wickes

 
Laying a beam, Empire State Building, New York, c 1931.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Description

The picture shows members of a derrick gang fixing a beam during the construction of the Empire State Building, showing the streets of New York far below them. Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940) used photography as a documentary tool to inspire social reform: his subjects included child labour, the immigrants of Ellis Island and construction workers in industry, railways and building. They reveal both the horror of exploitation and the dignity of work.

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10315976

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