Power House Mechanic
The clean muscularity and precise industrial order presented by Lewis Hine in Power House Mechanic demonstrates the photographer’s shift, in 1919, from a gritty documentary style to what he called “interpretive photography”—an approach intended to raise the stature of industrial workers, who were increasingly diminished by the massive machinery they operated. Despite his concern for the worker, Hine’s use of hand-selected and precisely posed models actually helped to cement the pictorial formulas employed by burgeoning corporate public-relations departments.
- Portfolio/Series: From the "Powerhouse" series. (Larger series called "Men at Work, 1920-1940: Dignity of Labor")
- Artist: Lewis Wickes Hine, American, 1874-1940
- Medium: Gelatin silver photograph
- Dates: 1920-1921
- Dimensions: 13 3/4 x 9 3/4in. (34.9 x 24.8cm) Frame: 23 1/8 x 17 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. (58.7 x 43.5 x 4.4 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Ink stamp on verso: "Lewis Hine interpretive photography, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York"
- Signature: In graphite on verso: "Hine"
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 84.237.7
- Credit Line: Gift of Walter and Naomi Rosenblum
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Lewis Wickes Hine (American, 1874-1940). Power House Mechanic, 1920-1921. Gelatin silver photograph, 13 3/4 x 9 3/4in. (34.9 x 24.8cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Walter and Naomi Rosenblum, 84.237.7
- Record Completeness: Good (64%)