New York

Lewis W. Hine and George A. Tice

Witkin Gallery

There is a glaring difference between the photographs of Lewis W. Hine and George A. Tice, shown in separate galleries at Witkin. The difference is indicative of photography’s problems and possibilities. Hine’s photographs are documentary, playing on our acceptance of the photograph as a reliable and accurate depiction of reality. Clearly, the presentation of a kind of social reality was the aim and achievement of Lewis Hine. The photographs shown at Witkin were made when Hine worked for The National Child Labor Committee in New York City, from 1908–30. All of these photographs are of workers at work, posing, or at play, and, of course, a large concentration of the workers are children. Some of the children photographed are not workers, at least not yet, but are the children of the working class within the industrial state. Most of the photographs of working situations are of men working

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