When Lewis Hine started photographing child laborers, he was no stranger to struggle. He’d lost his father at a young age, forcing him to make his own way in the world. After Hine put himself through school, he started photographing immigrants at Ellis Island in New York. The images of people struggling were impactful. Hine realized he was onto something, that pictures could tell a story with much more impact than tales of woe. When the National Labor Committee (NCLC) offered Hine a job, he left his job teaching to immerse himself in capturing the existing child labor atrocities.