Lewis Hine
[Photographer, writer, and reformer, b. 1874, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, d. 1940, New York.]

 There were two things I wanted to do. I wanted to show the things that had to be corrected. I wanted to show the things that had to be appreciated. 
 I have always been more interested in persons than in people. 
 If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug a camera. 
 In the early days of my child labor activities I was an investigator with a camera attachment... but the emphasis became reversed until the camera stole the whole show. 
 Photography is an empathy towards the world. 
 The dictum, then, of the social worker is “Let there be light;” and in this campaign for light we have for our advance agent the light writer—the photograph. (1909) 
 Perhaps you are weary of child labor pictures. Well, so are the rest of us, but we propose to make you and the whole country so sick and tired of the whole business that when the time for action comes, child-labor pictures will be records of the past. (1909) 
 The photograph has an added realism of its own; it has an inherent attraction not found in other forms of illustration. For this reason the average person believes implicitly that the photograph cannot falsify. Of course, you and I know that this unbounded faith in the integrity of the photograph is often rudely shaken, for, while photographs may not lie, liars may photograph. It becomes necessary, then, in our revelation of the truth, to see to it that the camera we depend on contracts no bad habits. (1909) 
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