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The Traveling Camera: Lewis Hine and the Fight to End Child Labor


Available September 2021

Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs, illustrated by Michael Garland

This poetic and beautiful picture book chronicles the travels of Lewis Hine, who used his camera to document child labor in the early twentieth century.

Stunning visuals and poetic text combine to tell the inspiring story of Lewis Hine (1874–1940), a teacher and photographer who employed his art as a tool for social change. Working for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), Hine traveled the United States, taking pictures of children as young as five toiling under dangerous conditions in cotton mills, seafood canneries, farms, and coal mines. He often wore disguises to sneak into factories, impersonating a machinery inspector or traveling salesman. He said, “If I could tell this story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug a camera.” His poignant pictures attracted national attention and were instrumental in the passage of child labor laws. The Traveling Camera contains extensive back matter, including a time line, original photos, and a bibliography.

Ages six to nine.

Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs is the author of Thérèse Makes a Tapestry (Getty, 2016). She holds master’s degrees in US history and library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Michael Garland is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of forty children’s picture books and has illustrated more than fifty books by other authors.

“A beautiful and heartwarming book—I give it my highest recommendation.”
—Kate Sampsell-Willman, author of Lewis Hine as Social Critic

“Lyrical writing combines with charming illustrations to deepen the reader’s engagement with Hine and the children he cared about. The Traveling Camera offers a way of looking at history as a confluence of art, activism, and social change.”
—Uma Krishnaswami, author of Book Uncle and Me and Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

“This book is stunning, both in words and pictures, truly a snapshot of history.”
—Jane Yolen, author of Owl Moon, Devil’s Arithmetic, and I Am the Storm

44 pages  
10 x 9 inches
20 color illustrations and 32 b/w photographs
ISBN 978-1-947440-06-7

Getty Publications
Imprint: Getty Publications