Discussion Questions: Lewis Wickes Hine’s All these are workers in Sweetwater Hosiery Co., except smallest boy. Location: Sweetwater, Tennessee

Lewis Wickes Hine, All these are workers in Sweetwater Hosiery Co., except smallest boy. Location: Sweetwater, Tennessee., ca. 1910; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase

  1. How would you describe the people in this picture?
  2. What argument might the artist be making with this photograph? What do you see that makes you say that?
  3. If you were going to take a photograph to make a similar argument today, what would you photograph? Why?
  4. How does the artist’s use of photography impact the message of this work?
  5. Imagine if this work was a painting, a song, or a newspaper article. How might you interpret it differently?

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