Collection Artwork
Lewis W. Hine (Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1874 – 1940, Dobbs Ferry, New York)
A Young German Just Arrived at Ellis Island
1910, printed before 1938
gelatin silver contact print
paper size: 6 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.
frame size: 16 1/2 x 14 x 1 1/2 in.
image size: 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.
The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum
Ellis Island, Upper New York Bay, Jersey City and New York, New Jersey and New York, United States, North America
2015.1.86
Signed, titled, and dated in pencil
Stamped with artist’s “Interpretive Photography” and “Look Pix,” print verso

Object Label

Working against anti-immigration sentiments of the time, Lewis Hine photographed immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, treating them as unique individuals coming to the United States with hopes of more promising futures.

From the exhibition: Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy (July 9 – December 18, 2022)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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