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Stanford's American Studies Program Presents a talk by Alexander Nemerov on his book Soulmaker

Stanford’s American Studies Program Presents a talk by Alexander Nemerov, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History  and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University on his new book
(Princeton University Press)
Over a hundred years ago, the American photographer Lewis Hine took  some of the most memorable pictures of child workers ever made. Traveling around the United States while working for the National Child Labor Committee, he photographed children in textile mills, coal mines, and factories from Vermont and Massachusetts to Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri. Using his camera as a tool of social activism, Hine had a major influence on the development of documentary photography. But many of his pictures transcend their original purpose. Concentrating on these photographs, Alexander Nemerov reveals the special eeriness of Hine's beautiful and disturbing work as never before. Richly illustrated, the book also includes arresting contemporary photographs by Jason Francisco of the places Hine documented. Soulmaker is a striking new meditation on Hine's photographs. It explores how Hine's children lived in time, even how they might continue to live for all time. Thinking about what the mill would be like after he was gone, after the children were gone, Hine intuited what lives and dies in the second a photograph is made. His photographs seek the beauty, fragility, and terror of moments on earth.



Tuesday, February 28, 2017. 12:00 PM


Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (Building 460), 4th Floor


American Studies Program




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