Amon Carter print details


Lewis W. Hine (1874-1940)

Object Details

  • Date


  • Object Type


  • Medium

    Gelatin silver print

  • Dimensions

    Image: 16 9/16 x 12 1/4 in.
    Sheet: 16 7/8 x 12 5/8 in.

  • Inscriptions


    u.l. to u.r.: [crop marks]

    Sheet Recto:

    u.c. in graphite: 2


    u. in graphite: 2 \ 42 \ 1200-

    l.r. in graphite: T8450-11-2

    l.r. [upsidedown rubber stamp]: LEWIS W. HINE \ Work Portraits \ HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N. Y.

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Accession Number


  • Copyright

    Public domain

Object Description

Originally a sociologist and teacher, Hine started using a camera as a tool for activism and in the process became one of the great photographers of the 20th century. Never feigning objectivity, he once said: “There are 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.”

Steamfitter is from a series that attempted the latter, celebrating modern laborers like construction workers, railroad builders, and, as here, power plant workers. Hine believed that the worker was not diminished by the scale and power of the machinery around him, since it was all invented, built, and operated by humans.

Additional details

Location: Off view
See more by Lewis Wickes Hine


Educator Resources
  • How might artists highlight the importance of the daily lives and experiences of ordinary people?

    How do physical items like clothes and accessories, or physical aspects like facial expression and pose, convey a message to the viewer?

    What is the relationship between people and machines, and how has that relationship changed over time?

  • All Levels

    Students will think about the effect of power and capability that Hine created in this photograph. Guide them to think of an industry or event that they are familiar with that requires strong, capable people. Students will create an image of that industry or event that conveys that sense of power and capability of the people who participate.

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