The New York Tribune

Explore these photographs by photojournalist Jacob Riis of poor immigrant neighborhoods in late-nineteenth-century New York City. Riis worked for several years as a police reporter for the New York Tribune and gave frequent public lectures in which he used photographs like these to heighten public awareness of the travails of the city’s poor. Since it was still expensive and difficult to reproduce photographs on the printed page, the early editions of the celebrated book based on his reporting–How the Other Half Lives (1890)–were illustrated mainly with drawings that had been based on the photographs. Go here to view photographs

 

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