Lewis Hine

Ellis Island

Memories & Meditations of Walter Rosenblum
on the Life & Work of an American Artist

Edited with an Introduction by Michael Torosian


In the 1930s Ben Shahn proclaimed that there was not a documentary photographer in the United States who had not been affected by the work of Lewis Hine. Hine’s chronicle of working-class America not only permeated the aesthetics of documentary photography, but brought about significant social change. Ultimately, his images became emblematic of America in the early part of the twentieth century, ensconcing Hine in history as an artist and reformer.

Lewis Hine Ellis Island brings Hine to life through the evocative personal reminiscences of the distinguished photographer and teacher Walter Rosenblum. His close friendship with Hine informs the book with a specificity of time and place, and events seen and shared. Memory and biography intermingle in a narrative that resonates with the atmosphere of life in New York, the Photo League, and the spirit of a great artist, mentor and friend.


Composed in Linotype Old Style Number One with Torino for display, and hand-printed on Mohawk Superfine. The book is illustrated with four of Hine’s compelling images from Ellis Island, reproduced in duotone on Warrens Lustro Dull Cream and varnished, as well as two previously unpublished portraits of Hine presented as tipped-in gelatin-silver prints. Quarter bound in natural linen and paper over boards in the uniform style of the series. Forty-four pages, 6 x 9 inches. Edition 200. November 1995. Homage Volume VII.


Out of print.