Jacob Riis, a struggling immigrant from Denmark at the age of 21, became a pioneer in photojournalism -- his photos helping to improve the living conditions of the poor in New York City. His groundbreaking book "How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York," published in 1890, was instrumental in creating social reform.
The one-of-a-kind retrospective exhibition "Revealing New York's Other Half" at the Museum of the City of New York through March 20, 2016, focuses new attention on the journalist and social reformer's life, work and legacy. The exhibition will travel to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and Denmark, where it will be featured at museums in Copenhagen and Ribe.
"One hundred years after his death, inequality remains an essential aspect of American life, and the story of Jacob Riis needs to be remembered," explains Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York.
"Bandit's Roost" (half stereo, left), photo by Jacob A. Riis, ca. 1890