United States of America 1874 – 1940
Miner in safety helmet, Avondale shaft, D.L.W. Colliery [From the Child labour series] (1911) Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Hine took many of his most well-known photographs working for social reform agencies, advocating for the amelioration of poverty, improvements to working conditions and the end of child labour. In 1908 he spent three months taking photographs for the Pittsburgh Survey, a pioneering investigation of working and health conditions in that steel-producing centre. In 1911 he visited the D.L.W. Colliery in Pennsylvania and photographed this man, equipped with a Draeger Oxygen Helmet, who administered first aid to injured miners. The caption that accompanied this image pointed out that ‘the need and the presence of these rescue outfits is a strong argument against the employment of young boys’ in the mines.
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