Jacob Riis

(1849 - 1914)

While working as a police reporter for the New York Tribune, the Danish-born Jacob Riis began to take a camera with him on his nightly tours of Lower East Side slums. Riis’ calls for reform led to the passage in 1901 of the Tenement House Act, mandating improved access to air, light, and water in all tenement buildings.

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Voices In Time

1890 | New York City

Huddled Masses

Touring the slums with Jacob Riis.More

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