'In the Heart of the Turbine', 1920-1929.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940), showing a man hammering in the 'Westinghouse' turbine. Hine used his photography as a documentary tool to inspire social reform. He photographed New York for about thirty years, concentrating on three separate but related areas: the European immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, the Lower East side and the Empire State Building. His photographs are a record of a changing city, in which he remains committed to the human figure within the urban landscape.