Lewis Hine: The child labour photos that shamed America

Alison Nordstrom, senior curator of photographs of the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, argues that Lewis Hine – perhaps best known for his iconic photos of the construction of the Empire State building in Manhattan, was the father of the documentary movement – long before ‘documentary’ was defined.

he teaches us that photographs can be simultaneously factual and emotional, and that we shouldn’t be separating those pieces