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Chosen Photographer: Lewis Wickes Hines
Birth Date: 09/26/1874
Hometown: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Brief Information of Lewis Wickes Hines
In 1900, Lewis Hines started his college career studying at the University of Chicago. While attending school, Hines was introduced to Frank Manny, superintendent of the Ethical Culture School in New York City. Hines was asked to join with this school as teacher’s aide. Hines accepted the offer and moved to New York City. Hines started using a camera for educational purposes and started to photograph school events. At this point, Hine begins to attend another college, School of Education at New York University.
In 1904, Hines Marries Sara Ann Rich, which later, helps in a project, photographing people from Ellis Island and trying to portray goodness of the immigrants because many people frowned upon them. Hines continued to photograph for his school and job.
In 1906, Hines started to do freelance work for the National Child Labor Committee, making a path towards a career in Sociological Photography. After returning for education in sociology, Hines would soon make his mark, taking on many projects, documenting life, human welfare, and children in factories. Hines was considered the grandfather of documentary style photography. Hines believed that his photograph can help educate and promote safety for children. Hines was most noted for this work. Because of Hines work, he was able to educate the public on child labor abuse.
In 1917, Hines left his position to accept more commercial level work, serving with American Red Cross, photographing war refugees and people of Europe.
In the 1920’s, Hines moved back to Ellis Islands where he took on various projects and in 1924, Hines was awarded the medal at the Exhibition of Advertising Arts.
In the 1930’s, work was getting harder due to American hardships but he was able to obtain a job photographing the construction of the Empire State Building, portraying boldness and strength of America after post war.
During the mid 1930’s, Hines published on book and many portfolios. Before his death in 1940, he lost his house and lived the rest of his life in extreme poverty. He was 66 when he died.
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I attend the #140conf twitter conference, a couple weeks back. This was the very first time I actually attended this type of conference. This IRL experience brings a digital media bridging a face-to-face experience. The theme for this #140conf was “Exploring the State of NOW”, I felt the title was appropriate. This unique experience allowed people to voice themselves via a ten minute speech, retaining the thought of small towns. This conference was great because it allow the digital-bridge mentality to be used from small town to the internet via twitter. Here is a video of the recorded sessions here, they are segmented by speaker. I was touched by the speaker that spoke about how used social media to keep track and inform her friend and family by updating her son’s progress during his Brain Injury. It hit home for me because I experience a Brain Injury similar to his. The neat thing about #140conf is that the crowd and listener are engaged by twitter, interacting while the speaker gives their speech. You can view more info here