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Lewis Hine

An early pioneer in using photography as a documentary tool, Hine (1874–1940) would transformed the new medium of photography using it as a tool for education and social reform. Trained as an educator, it was while working on a project with students photographing on Ellis Island in New York that he recognized the potential of photography. Hine declared that he "wanted to show things that had to be corrected," and he revealed through his photographs the dangerous conditions in mills, mines and factories. His revealing photographs served to be instrumental in changing child labor laws in the United States.