You've Probably Seen this Photo, but Do You Know the Story Behind It?
You’ve probably seen this picture make the rounds on the internet, but did you know that it’s actually part of a larger story?
According to the Library of Congress’s records, these photos were taken in February of 1912 by Lewis Wickes Hine, famed sociologist and photographer. Through his imagery, Hine was instrumental in child labor law reform in the United States. Due to the dangers of lifting the veil on child labor, Hine assumed many disguises to document his work, including a Bible salesman, post card salesman or photographer to record machinery, according to the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. Another famous portion of his work includes the photographic record of the building of the Empire State Building.
These particular photos were taken in Port Royal, SC, a part of Hine’s larger project of capturing child labor from the Northeast to the Deep South. The children worked for Maggioni Canning Co., a company still in operation today.