“[Photographers are] the Human Document to keep the present and the future in touch with the past” – Lewis Hine (September 26, 1874 – November 3, 1940)
You can learn more about Hine’s work here, the teacher who saw photography as a means to achieve social reform. A teacher of botany and nature studies at the Ethical Culture School in New York, Hine was given a camera by the head of the school. In his hand, the camera became a powerful means of recording the human condition.
The people in these pictures did not pass the border checks and gain employment in fulfilling work. They would be the underclass, the poor who would in the USA at least be allowed to live and try for a better life.
Would you like to support Flashbak?
Please consider making a donation to our site. We don't want to rely on ads to bring you the best of visual culture. You can also support us by signing up to our Mailing List. And you can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For great art and culture delivered to your door, visit our shop.