Power House Mechanic
Lewis Wickes Hine
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.
Gelatin silver photograph
image: 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (34.3 x 24.1 cm)
sheet: 13 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (34.9 x 24.8 cm)
frame: 23 1/8 x 17 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. (58.7 x 43.5 x 4.4 cm) (show scale)
Stamped in ink on verso with studio stamp: "Lewis Hine interpretive photography, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York"; "Photograph by Lewis Hine from the Walter and Naomi Rosenblum collection"
In graphite on verso: "Hine"
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Gift of Walter and Naomi Rosenblum
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Lewis Wickes Hine (American, 1874-1940). Power House Mechanic, 1920-1921. Gelatin silver photograph, image: 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (34.3 x 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Walter and Naomi Rosenblum, 84.237.7
overall, 84.237.7_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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