About this artwork
Photography’s ability to record people, places, and things has often made it the prized medium for documenting society, from prison mug shots to medical studies to the horrors of child labor. Working for the National Child Labor Committee, Hine used photography as a means to an end, photographing children at work, from lone newsboys to factories full of young laborers. The resulting images were the visual spark to debates about reforming child labor laws. In this, his most famous photograph, a small girl stands before a cotton loom that seems to stretch the length of the room, dwarfing her in scale.
- Currently Off View
- Photography and Media
- Lewis Wickes Hine
- Sadie Pfeifer, a Cotton Mill Spinner, Lancaster, South Carolina
- United States
- Made 1908
- Gelatin silver print
- Unmarked recto; stamped and inscribed verso, across left half, sideways, in blue ink and graphite: "[illegible/cut off/inscribed in graphite] / LEWIS W. HINES / INTERPRETIVE PHOTOGRAPHY / HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NEW YORK [stamped in blue] / Spinner in cotton mill / N. Carolina 1908 [inscribed in graphite]"; inscribed verso, upper right, sideways, in graphite: "7 / 7"
- 11.6 × 15.3 cm (image/paper)
- Acquired through exchange with George Eastman House