Jacob Riis: How the Other Half Lives

Coming Apr 06, 2019 - May 27, 2019

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Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a pioneering newspaper reporter and a social reformer in New York at the turn of the twentieth century.  His then-novel idea of using photographs of the city's slums to illustrate the plight of impoverished residents established Riis as a forerunner of modern photojournalism.  "Jacob Riis: How the Other Half Lives" features photographs by Riis and his contemporaries, as well as his handwritten journals and personal correspondence.  

"Jacob Riis: How the Other Half Lives" is adapted from the exhibition "Jacob Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half," organized by the Museum of the City of New York. The national tour of this exhibition is supported by NEH On the Road, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.