Lewis W. Hine (1874 – 1940) was an American sociologist and photographer. Working as an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), Lewis Hine (1874-1940) documented working and living conditions of children in the United States between 1908 and 1924. Hine later referred to his photographic work for the NCLC as “detective work” which was frequently regarded with suspicion by business owners, supervisors, and workers. Nattily dressed in a suit, tie, and hat, Hine the gentleman actor and mimic assumed a variety of personas including Bible salesman, postcard salesman, and industrial photographer making a record of factory machinery to gain entrance to the workplace. The last years of his life were filled with professional struggles by loss of government and corporate patronage. He died at 66 in a similar social conditions as we can see on his photograps.
Source – Library of Congress.