Lewis Hine: from the Men at Work series
Photography can light-up darkness and expose ignorance – Lewis Wickes Hine
Typical Characteristics of Hine’s Photographs from the ‘20’s and 30’s:
Engaged in a work activity
Photo includes both the individual and the machinery/tools of him trade
The gesture, pose and facial expression demonstrate pride and dignity
In my series I will continue to incorporate single figures, engaged in a work activity involving machinery. I will explore varying Hine’s style in the following ways:
1. Construction workers whose gesture, pose and expression demonstrate a LACK of pride and dignity.
2. Rather than construction workers, I will vary Hine’s style by depicting workers engaged with technology (i.e. computer techs, Geek Squad workers or Apple Store genius bar workers). I will preserve that look of pride/ ‘stregnth’)
3. Combining 1 and 2, showing how the predominance of technology as the major work form has created a lack of outward pride and dignity.