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Photographer and artist Lewis Wickes Hine was born in 1874 in the town of Oshkosh Wisconsin in Americas Midwest Following the death of his father he worked at a furniture factory to support the family and from here began to see the hardship and sufferings of working class Americans In the early 1900s Hine entered into a teachers training college in New York City leading him into his photography career The artwork in focus here is titled Powerhouse Mechanic taken in 1921The medium here is gelatin silver print and the measurements for the sheet is 249cm by 176cm and the actually image is 242cm by 17cm It now rests in the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio America Hine passed away in New York City in 1940 out of poverty in trying to continue his passion for photography and compassion for the suffering A vertical portraiture because the subject matter takes up most of the space and not much of the background can be seen except black void space The subject is made up of the young worker struggling against the huge machinery in the slight foreground and takes up most of the space in the picture Looking in his mid twenties this young man is wrenching away manually at the machine with nothing but a spanner His back is arched along side the curved of the machine making it seem like a backbreaking tedious task The vertical piece is taken at eye level with a balanced composition We can see this because there is not much void space with the machine taking up much of the top of the picture and the man at the bottom There are also instances in the photo that have curved features to it and they all curve in the same direction the pipe at the top the round circular section of the machine and the mans back making it balanced The circular curved section of the
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