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Icarus, Empire State Building

Item # 2467216

Lewis Hine

<p>This American photographer used his camera to capture the injustices of labor laws in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing on bringing to light the child labor system. Later, he went on to photograph philanthropic efforts of World War I and the labor put into creating constructions like the Empire State Building.</p>

<p>Of the many photographs Hine took of the Empire State Building, this one became the popular favorite. Suspended in graceful sangfroid, the steelworker symbolizes daring technical innovation of the sort Daedalus embodied in Greek legend. While Daedulus flew the middle course between sea and sky safely, his son Icarus flew too close to the sun and perished. The optimism of this image suggests that it was not Icarus's folly but his youth and his ability to fly that prompted Hine's title.</p>

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