Photographer of the New York’s Downtrodden

1890c Children from a Poor Neighbourhood in Coney Island Play

Photographic work by Jacob August Riis (1849 – 1914).

Riis was a Danish American social reformer, “muckraking” journalist and social documentary photographer. He is known for using his photographic and journalistic talents to help the impoverished in New York City; those impoverished New Yorkers were the subject of most of his prolific writings and photography. Read more

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