Builder on the Empire State Building', New York, 1930.
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Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine (1874- 1940), showing the construction of the Empire State Building. Hine was the official photographer of the Empire State Building and his many images celebrate the enormity of the eneterprise. 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.