This image is one of the photographs from the records of the National Child Labor Committee. Regarding the boys in the photo, Frank Jarose, 11 years old, made $3.72/week, . Joseph Philip, 11 years old, worked until midnight every week night; and made $2.25/week or less, and Willie Payton, 11 years old, made $2/week, working until midnight every night. This image was taken in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Lewis Hein (1874-1940) was a photographer committed to using the medium to bring about social reform. His works were instrumental in changing the inhumane child labor laws of the United States and ultimately became the photographer for the National Child Labor Committee. During and after WWI he photographed the American Red Cross relief work in Europe and later focused on “work portraits” he felt spoke to the worker’s roll in the modernization of industry.