During the boom of the Industrial Revolution, Hine documented industrialization’s social impact. His photographs of child workers in factories exposed the mistreatment of children—and the dangers to all workers in an ever-more-machinized industry—during the early 1900s. Here, a worker leans nonchalantly off the top of a building. His casual posture, combined with the apparent danger of his situation, highlights the darker side of an industrialized society. Many of Hine’s photographs helped to establish child labor laws by revealing the difficulties of such professions.
"Acquisitions of the Art Museum 1974", Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University 33, no. 1 (1974): p. 37-47.