Atlas and Child Labour

1912

Atlas

Meet the little girl forced to work to support the wealth of greedy capitalists as the Greek mythical titan Atlas had to support the weight of the universe. She is believed to have been drawn in about 1912 by the American social reformer and photographer Lewis Wickes Hine. He was one of the first photographers to use his camera consistently as an instrument for political protest, taking hundreds of stunning pictures of workers and poor children in the first decades of the 20th century. In 1908 he worked as photographer for the National Child Labor Committee. When his politics became unfashionable he found work hard to come by and he himself died penniless and on welfare. His many hundred photographs can be seen in the Library of Congress, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York and the Albin Kuhn Gallery at the University of Maryland.

 

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