Building a Nation: Human and Ideal Geography

A deep homage to the true founder of modern social photography, Lewis Hine (Oshkosh, 1874 – Hastings-on-Hudson, USA, 1940), with a selection of 60 vintage prints from the collection of the Rosenblum Photography Collection. A journey that goes through his most famous projects: from the memorable series dedicated to the construction of the Empire State Building in 1930, of which he was the official photographer, to the moving portraits of children working in neglected contexts, like factories, mines or cotton fields, passing through the immigrants arriving in the United States looking for a better life. His photographs have turned out into useful tools to promote social and institutional reforms and to constitute new laws against child labor in the great America that was growing.

All images © Lewis Hine

number of works 60 photographs in black and white
print sizes various size, from 7,5x11,5 cm to 25,5 x 35,5 cm
additional material America and Lewis Hine, a film by Nina Rosenblum and Dan Allentuck
catalogue Lewis Hine. Costruire una nazione: geografia umana e ideale , Admira Edizioni, 2013, Italian, 59 photographs, 116 pages
curator Enrica Viganò
in collaboration with Rosenblum Photography Collection