Lewis Hine: Caption Critique


A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Consider these photographs taken by Lewis Hine (1874–1940), known for his use of photography to advocate for child labor laws and other social reforms. On its own, each photograph is a picture, without context. Who are the people in the photos? What are their lives like? What are they doing? Why did Hine choose to photograph them?

Look at each photograph, and then choose the caption Hine wrote to accompany it.