On February 15, an auction was held of 24 photographs taken by Lewis Hine , belonging to the collection of the photographer Isador Sy Seidman. This auction reminds us of the work of who can be said was ‘the father of social photography’, as we mentioned in a previous section .
The conditions were brutal for the entire poor class, putting them in a similar condition to slavery . Conditions that did not improve because, in addition, the public image of these immigrants was that of scum that should be feared and despised.
Photo stories of change
This is where Hine’s work comes in. This sociologist and photographer was surrounded by a circle of people who understood what it is to be a human being, have needs and want to seek welfare for the family. So, using the power of photography, he dedicated himself to show the lives of these immigrant families .
His photograph showed the subjects with the greatest dignity and compassion . Exposing the conditions under which they worked. But, more importantly, he showed them as human beings .