New York with Jacob A. Riis

Jacob A. Riis now on display at The Museum of the City of New York until March 20,2016
Jacob A. Riis’ photographs now on display at The Museum of the City of New York until March 20,2016

Many of you have chosen one aspect of New York City as your topic for your photo essay.

Jacob Riis, a native of Denmark, was a early photojournalist. And, New York City was his subject. He started as a crime reporter on The New York Tribune in the late 1800’s.

In the turn of the 20th century, this social reformer used his images as well as his writings to bring attention to the conditions in the City’s slums.

He captured images of malnourished children, immigrant families jammed into tenements, and alleyways filled with garbage.

His photographs as well as his handwritten journals and personal correspondence are now on display at The Museum of The City of New York from October 14th 2015 to March 20, 2016.

Ludlow Street: Hebrew making ready for Sabbath Eve in his coal cellar -- bread on his table
Ludlow Street: Hebrew making ready for Sabbath Eve in his coal cellar — bread on his table
Court at No. 24 Baxter Street.
Court at No. 24 Baxter Street.

http://www.mcny.org/jacobariis

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2 thoughts on “New York with Jacob A. Riis”

  1. They all worked so hard for so little, but gave their families the foundation to succeed in the new world. We all owe a lot of thanks to them, their focus, drive and strength.

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