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Jacob August Riis Photography

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York published in 1890Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
"Bandit`s Roost" 59 1/2 Mullbery Street
Jacob August Riis (May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914) was a Danish-American journalist and documentary photographer and one of the most famous proponents of the newly practicable casual photography, he is considered one of the fathers of photography due to his very early adoption of flash in photography. Jacob A. Riis arrived in New York in 1870. As the economy slowed, the Danish-American photographer found himself among the many other immigrants in the area whose daily life consisted of joblessness, hunger, homelessness, and thoughts of suicide. So when he finally found work as a police reporter in 1877, he made it his mission to reveal the crime and poverty of New York City’s East Side slum district to the world. While living in New York, Riis experienced poverty and became a police reporter writing about the quality of life in the slums. He attempted to alleviate the bad living conditions of poor people by exposing their living conditions to the middle and upper classes.
His book, How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York, was published in 1890, and is still considered “a landmark in the annals of social reform.”
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[Women walking in a procession, pulling a wheelchair]

[Women walking in a procession, pulling a wheelchair]

Photograph shows women, probably related to Jacob A. Riis, walking possibly in New York or Denmark. Title from item.

[Women walking in a procession, pulling a wheelchair]

[Women walking in a procession, pulling a wheelchair]

Photograph shows women, probably related to Jacob A. Riis, walking in front of an octagonal-appearing house, possibly in New York or Denmark. Title from item.

Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis

Half-length portrait, seated, facing right. Title and other information transcribed from caption card and item. Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress).

Jacob Riis
"Our office - my partner, Mr. Ensign at the desk, I in the corner"

"Our office - my partner, Mr. Ensign at the desk, I in the corner"

Photograph shows Jacob Riis, Amos Ensign, and unidentified man in their office at the New York Tribune police bureau, New York, New York. Title from item. Published in: The making of an American / by Jacob A. R... more

[Jacob August Riis, half-length portrait, facing front, arms folded]

[Jacob August Riis, half-length portrait, facing front, arms folded]

H39634 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by J. E. Purdy, Boston. No. 3.

Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis

Portrait, 3/4, seated. Copyright by Pach Bros. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

Three old friends. The President, Bishop Vincent and Jacob Riis taken at Chautauqua NY, August 11th 1905

Three old friends. The President, Bishop Vincent and Jacob Riis taken ...

Photo shows President Roosevelt, Bishop Vincent, and Jacob Riis, full-length portrait, facing front, standing at the entrance to a brick building at Chautauqua, New York, on August 11th 1905. Title from item. T... more

[Jacob August Riis, 1849-1914, head and shoulders portrait, facing slightly left]

[Jacob August Riis, 1849-1914, head and shoulders portrait, facing sli...

H75059 U.S. Copyright Office. Photo by Pirie MacDonald. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Photographers Index; BI; Shelf.

"Scene on the Roof on the Mott Street Barracks"

"Scene on the Roof on the Mott Street Barracks"

Riis, Jacob .Mor og barn på et tak, Mott Street, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x15,8 cm.NMFF.003391

"The Mongomery Guards" (A Growler Gang)

"The Mongomery Guards" (A Growler Gang)

Riis, Jacob .En gruppe unge menn, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.22,9x18,8 cm.NMFF.003402

Hell on Earth

Hell on Earth

Riis, Jacob .En gruppe menn og kvinner, Lower East Side, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974..Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x16,0 cm.NMFF.003394

"The Short Tail gang" (Corlears Hook) Under the Pier at the Foot of Jackson Street.(Now Corlears Hook Park)

"The Short Tail gang" (Corlears Hook) Under the Pier at the Foot of Ja...

Riis, Jacob .En gruppe menn under piren i enden av Jackson Street. Corlears Hook Park, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.16,6x12,0 cm.NMFF.003390

In Poverty Gap, an English Coal-Heaver`s Home

In Poverty Gap, an English Coal-Heaver`s Home

Riis, Jacob .Interiør.Fattige familie i sin bopel nær North River, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x15,9 cm.NMFF.003397

"Bandit`s Roost" 59 1/2 Mullbery Street

"Bandit`s Roost" 59 1/2 Mullbery Street

Riis, Jacob .En gruppe menn i "Bandit`s Roost". Lower East Side, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.NMFF.002173

NMFF_003401

NMFF_003401

Riis, Jacob .Bymiljø, New York. .Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,1x16,0 cm.NMFF.003401

"Ready for Sabbath Eve in a Coal Celler" A Cobbler in Ludlow Street

"Ready for Sabbath Eve in a Coal Celler" A Cobbler in Ludlow Street

Riis, Jacob .Interiør. Mann sitter ved et bord. Ludlow Street, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x16,0 cm.NMFF.003382

NMFF_003404

NMFF_003404

Riis, Jacob .En gutt med bøtte, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.23,5x18,7 cm.NMFF.003404

"Shoemaker Working in a house in the Yard of  219 Broome Street, Which the Landlord Built When the Sanitary Police Put him out of the Basement. Clatterpol Sticks Up Through his House. Rent  $ 12 a Month"

"Shoemaker Working in a house in the Yard of 219 Broome Street, Which...

Riis, Jacob .Interiør. Skomaker i arbeid, 219 Broome Street, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x15,5 cm.NMFF.003393

"A Class in the Condemned Essex Market School, With the Gas Burning by Day"

"A Class in the Condemned Essex Market School, With the Gas Burning by...

Riis, Jacob .Undervisning Condemned Essex Market School, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,1x15,6 cm.NMFF.003387

"Police Station Lodgers" Women`s Lodging Room in the West 47th Street Station

"Police Station Lodgers" Women`s Lodging Room in the West 47th Street ...

Riis, Jacob .En gruppe kvinner fotografert i West 47th Street Station politistasjon, Lower East Side, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x15,6 cm.NMFF.003383

"Elizabeth Street Police Station-Womans Lodgers"

"Elizabeth Street Police Station-Womans Lodgers"

Riis, Jacob .En gruppe kvinner fotografert i Elizabeth Street politistasjon, Lower East Side, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,1x15,6 cm.NMFF.002174

"Five Cent a Spot" Unauthorized Lodgings in a Bayard Street Tenement

"Five Cent a Spot" Unauthorized Lodgings in a Bayard Street Tenement

Riis, Jacob .Interiør.Fattige menn i sin bopel Bayard Street, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x16,7 cm.NMFF.003396

"Sautig the flag in the Mott Street Industrial School"

"Sautig the flag in the Mott Street Industrial School"

Riis, Jacob .Skolejenter Mott Street Industriskole, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,1x15,8.NMFF.003386

A Black-and-Tan Dive in "Africa", How the Other Half Lives

A Black-and-Tan Dive in "Africa", How the Other Half Lives

Riis, Jacob .En "svart" mann og to kvinner i en saloon, Thompson Street, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.20,0x25,0 og 12,0x16,1 cm (2 ex).NMFF.002177

How the Other Half Lives

How the Other Half Lives

Riis, Jacob .Tre gutter og en mann i et inngangsparti. Lower East Side, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.NMFF.002172

"Eldridge Street Police Station Lodgers"

"Eldridge Street Police Station Lodgers"

Riis, Jacob .En gruppe kvinner fotografert i Eldridge Street politistasjon, Lower East Side, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,1x15,6 cm.NMFF.003392

NMFF_003399

NMFF_003399

Riis, Jacob .Interiør. En gruppe menn, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,2x15,7 cm.NMFF.003399

Tentment Yard, How the Other Half Lives

Tentment Yard, How the Other Half Lives

Riis, Jacob .Barn og voksne i en bakgård, Lower East Side, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.NMFF.002171

"One of four Pedlars Who Slept in the Celler of 11 Ludlow Street Rear"

"One of four Pedlars Who Slept in the Celler of 11 Ludlow Street Rear"

Riis, Jacob .Interiør. Mann sitter på en madrass. Ludlow Street, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x15,9 cm.NMFF.003398

"Old Mrs Benoit in Her  Hudson Street Attic"

"Old Mrs Benoit in Her Hudson Street Attic"

Riis, Jacob .Mrs Benoit syr. Loft, Hudson Street, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.15,6x12,0 cm.NMFF.003384

NMFF_003388

NMFF_003388

Riis, Jacob .Skolebarn, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x15,8 cm.NMFF.003388

A Growler Gang in Session

A Growler Gang in Session

Riis, Jacob .En gjeng fulle unge menn, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.23,5x18,9 cm.NMFF.003403

"Home of an Italian Ragpicker"

"Home of an Italian Ragpicker"

Riis, Jacob .Portrett, kvinne med baby. "Home of an Italian Ragpicker", Jersy Street, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x15,5 cm.NMFF.002175

"Bohemian Cigarmakers at work in their Tenement"

"Bohemian Cigarmakers at work in their Tenement"

Riis, Jacob .Interiør. Cigarmaker med familie i sin leilighet, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974 .Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x15,6 cm.NMFF.003395

"Mulberry Bend"

"Mulberry Bend"

Riis, Jacob .Bymiljø. Mulberry Bend, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x15,7 cm.NMFF.003400

Talmud School in Hester Street

Talmud School in Hester Street

Riis, Jacob .Barn ved Talmudskole i Hester Street, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x16,0 cm.NMFF.003389

Baxter Street in Mulberry Bend

Baxter Street in Mulberry Bend

Riis, Jacob .Mennesker i et gateparti, Lower East Side, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.NMFF.002170

"Reporter Office at 301 Mullbery Street"

"Reporter Office at 301 Mullbery Street"

Riis, Jacob .Reportere spiller kort, Mullbery Street, New York. Fra publikasjon: Photographer and Citizen, Alland 1974.Positivkopi gelatin, barytt.12,0x15,7 cm.NMFF.003385

Jacob August Riis, 1849-1914

Jacob August Riis, 1849-1914

Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress). Exhibited: "Jacob Riis : Revealing 'How the Other Half Lives'" at the Museum of the City of New York, N... more