Unique photographs, which saved the lives of many children in America
At auction in new York sold 24 photographs from the archives of masters of documentary photography of Lewis Hine. They were part of the collection of the famous photographer Issadora CY Sigman from new York.
Because of the term photojournalism did not exist, Hein called his photographs “stories”. Through photographs and accompanying texts he expressed and defended their ideas, especially in the field of analysis of social relations in contemporary America.
These images are related to the whole period of the work Hein; many of them were part of his well-known series of photos on the situation of the poor and oppressed in new York, Pittsburgh and Carolina.
In 1904 he began a series of photographs that became the documentary Chronicles the arrival of immigrants at Ellis island in new York Harbor. In subsequent years, Hine continued to work in the genre of foropolitica. His photographs are always distinguished by careful attention to the fate of poor people.
He sought to acquaint new Yorkers with the human dimension of mass immigration, as many residents treat the newcomers with suspicion and fear.