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Jacob A. Riis 

Jacob A. Riis 

Danish-born Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a journalist, social reformer, and social documentary photographer. He is best known for his 1890 book How the Other Half Lives, which brought public attention to New York's squalid housing, sweatshops, bars, and alleys. The Museum holds the complete collection that Riis used in his writing and lecturing career, including images he made, commissioned, or acquired. These depict men, women, and children of all nationalities at home, work, and leisure. This collection contains vintage prints, glass-plate negatives, and lantern slides, as well as a set of recently produced prints from all of Riis's original negatives. 


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Jacob A. Riis 
Bandits' Roost - a Mulberry Bend Alley.
The Bend.
The Short Tail Gang (Corlears Hook) Pier at foot of Jackson Street, now Corlears Hook Park. Photographed from the Police Boat.
The Board of Election Inspectors in the Beach Street School.
A "Scrub" and her Bed -- the Plank.
I Scrubs. Katie, who keeps house in West Forty-ninth Street.
Lodgers in a crowded Bayard Street tenement - "Five cents a spot."
In the home of an Italian Ragpicker, Jersey Street.
A Downtown "Morgue."
An Italian Home under a Dump.
"Slept in that cellar four years."
Ready for Sabbath Eve in a Coal Cellar - a cobbler in Ludlow Street.
Blind Beggar.
The Tramp.
Street Arabs in sleeping quarters.
Prayer time in the nursery, Five Points House of Industry.
In a Sweat Shop.
Talmud School in a Hester Street Tenement.
The Church Street Station Lodging-room, in which I [Jacob A. Riis] was robbed.
Bandits' Roost - a Mulberry Bend Alley.
An All-Night Two-Cent Restaurant, in "The Bend".
It costs a Dallar a Month to sleep in the Sheds.
Poverty Gappers playing Coney Island.
Their playground a truck -- Baxter Street.
Lodgers in a crowded Bayard Street tenement - "Five cents a spot."
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