Lewis Hine, a bookish, unassuming man with a box camera, often posed as a bible salesman of a fire inspector to gain access into factories and coal mines of the early 1900s. His haunting images of child labor opened our nation's eyes. At the time, nearly 17% of children between 5 and 10 years old worked full-time jobs - low paying and often shockingly danger ones.
In the midst of the industrial revolution, urbanization, and growing prosperity, Hine's jarring and unsparing work made him a pioneer of investigative journalism. Yet, by the time of his death, Hine was mostly dismissed by critics and solciety alike.
While exposing immoral child labor practices, Hine faced charater assaults and even death threats. He went on to create iconic photography-most notably capturing the construction of the Empire State Building using death-defying techniques.
Craig Pierce portrays Lewis Hine at a 1939 gathering at Riverside Museum in New York City. Hine will share his unlikely story with his telltale wit and passion.