True Story: Photography, Journalism, and Media


Lewis Wickes Hine (American, 1874–1940), A typical spinner. Mamie – Lancaster Cotton Mills, S.C. Location: Lancaster, South Carolina, 1908.

Gelatin silver print. Image: 4 11/16 x 6 5/8 in (11.91 x 16.83 cm); sheet: 4 13/16 x 7 in (12.22 x 17.78 cm). Gift of the Sheldon M. Barnett Family M1973.83


  • November 15, 2024–February 2, 2025

  • Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

  • Free for Members

  • Included with admission

Photographs have the power to inform, inflame, or harden us to what they portray. This exhibition, drawn from the Museum’s collection, shows how photographers and artists have understood and wielded the power of images.

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Exhibitions in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts are sponsored by

  • Herzfeld Foundation

The Milwaukee Art Museum extends its sincere thanks to the Visionaries.

  • Mark and Debbie Attanasio

  • Donna and Donald Baumgartner

  • Murph Burke

  • Joel and Caran Quadracci

  • Sue and Bud Selig

  • Jeff and Gail Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation