Jacob Riis (Phaidon 55's)

Phaidon

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Bonnie Yochelsem

Softcover | 13.97 x 1.27 x 15.24 cm | 128 pp

Phaidon | 2001 | 9780714840345

Jacob Riis (1849 - 1914) was among the first in the United States to conceive of photographic images as instruments for social change; he was also among the first to use flash powder to photograph interior views, and his book How the Other Half Lives was one of the earliest to employ halftone reproduction successfully. At a time when the poor were usually portrayed in sentimental genre scenes, Riis often shocked his audience by revealing the horrifying details of real life in poverty-stricken environments. His sympathetic portrayal of his subjects emphasised their humanity and bravery amid deplorable conditions, and encouraged a more sensitive attitude towards the poor in this country. (Lisa Hostetler)

This volume comprises a 4000-word essay by an expert in the field, 55 photographs presented chronologically, each with a commentary, and a biography.

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