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Rediscovering Jacob Riis
Author: Bonnie Yochelson

ISBN: 9780226182865
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 7 August 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 8.0 x 1.9
Description:
Before publishing his pioneering book How the Other Half Livesa photojournalistic investigation into the poverty of New York's tenement houses, home to three quarters of the city's populationJacob Riis (1849-1914) spent his first years in the United States as an immigrant and itinerant laborer, barely surviving on his carpentry skills until he landed a job as a muckraking reporter. These early experiences provided Riis with an understanding of what it was like to be poor in the immigrant communities that populated New York's slums, and it was this empathy that would shine through in his iconic photos.

With Rediscovering Jacob Riis, art historian Bonnie Yochelson and historian Daniel Czitrom place Jacob Riis's images in historical context even as they expose a clear sightline to the present. In the first half of their book, Czitrom explores Riis's reporting and activism within the gritty specifics of Gilded Age New York: its new immigrants, its political machines, its fiercely competitive journalism, its evangelical reformers, and its labor movement. In delving into Riis's intellectual education and the lasting imp...

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