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1920: 'Powerhouse mechanic working on steam pump' by Lewis Hine
1920: 'Powerhouse mechanic working on steam pump' by Lewis Hine

1920: 'Powerhouse mechanic working on steam pump' by Lewis Hine

Regular price £100

1920: 'Powerhouse mechanic working on steam pump' by Lewis Hine

(Lewis Hine / US National Archives)

As well as creating a body of work documenting American child labor, Lewis Hine was also responsible for this now-iconic image - an example of Hine’s photographic adjustment away from realist documents and towards a more compositional approach.   

Hine’s picture of a power house mechanic - an example of his “Work portraits” - had a deliberate intention behind it.  Photographing for the U.S. Work Progress Administration, Hine saw the significance of the human worker being overwhelmed by the proliferation of mechanisation. Here, Hine attempts to redress the balance, placing the worker - and the machinery of his body - at the centre of the power house.

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Specifications:

  • Limited edition print run of 100 pieces

  • Supplied with Paper Time Machine certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance

  • Hand printed in the UK, global shipping available

  • Dimensions: 30 x 40cm including border for easy framing

  • Presented on premium Fuji photographic paper

  • C-type Fuji Crystal archive paper with a semi-matt finish. The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour