Italian Family Seeking Lost Baggage, Ellis Island

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1905

Artist:

Lewis Wickes Hine
American, 1874–1940

About this artwork

Beginning in 1905, Lewis Hine began trekking to Ellis Island to photograph immigrants entering America through the New York port. His purpose was to show newcomers to the United States as dignified individuals rather than anonymous masses of foreigners, as the press frequently portrayed them. Hine went on to develop a form of documentary photography that advanced social reform and at times even resulted in changes to the law, as seen most famously in his images of child labor. In this photograph of an Italian family, Hine likened the mother to a Madonna figure, employing Renaissance art to evoke the sympathy of his viewers.

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Artist

Lewis Wickes Hine

Title

Italian Family Seeking Lost Baggage, Ellis Island

Origin

United States

Date

1905

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, upper center, in graphite: "6 [encircled]"

Dimensions

17.4 x 12.5 cm (image); 19.6 x 17 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of David Vestal

Reference Number

1965.349

Extended information about this artwork

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