XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

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Most people, when mentioning the name of Jack London, remember that he was a popular American writer, the author of about 50 books, including the most beloved since childhood "The Call of the Ancestors" and "White Fang". Others may remember that he was a traveler and a public figure.

However, hardly anyone knows that Jack London was also an extremely productive photographer. He took about 12 thousand photos in his life: poignant shots of the life of homeless people in the East End (East London), images of the Russian-Japanese war, where he was assigned by Hearst Syndicate, portraits of aborigines from the islands of the South Pacific Ocean and pictures of the destruction after the terrible earthquake in San Francisco.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

In his works, Jack London showed the power of perception and revealed his sense of compassion, respect and love for a person. Until 2010, most of the writer's photographs remained unpublished until a photobook with 200 frames was published. Its authors were Jeanne Campbell Reesman (Jeanne Campbell Reesman), Sarah Es. Sarah S. Hodson and Philip Adam.

Jack London lived in an era when photography was first used as a new way to cover the news. With a keen eye, London recorded historical moments in the faces and bodies of people who lived at that time.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

Residents of the infamous Whitechapel neighborhood, where the murders attributed to Jack the Ripper took place.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

Men sleeping on the Thames embankment, London, 1902.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

Homeless women sleeping in the garden of Spitalfields, London, 1902.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

In London on Sunday morning, the men who received tickets lined up for a free breakfast from the Salvation Army charity organization, 1902.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

A policeman checks a sleeping man at the editorial office of the newspaper Truth, London, 1902.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

Jack London is detained by the Japanese military in Korea, 1904.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

Damage assessment in Santa Rosa after the earthquake, California, 1906.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

Kearney Street, San Francisco, destroyed by an earthquake, 1906.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

After the earthquake, San Francisco, 1906.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

San Francisco, 1906.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

Aborigines of Nuku Hiva, the largest island in the Marquesas Archipelago, 1907.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

A small family of Korean refugees hiding from the Japanese army, Korea, 1904.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

Passengers of the ship S.S. Siberia are sailing to Japan. 1904.

XX century in the lens of the famous writer Jack London

American traveler and director Martin Johnson poses with a resident of the Solomon Islands. Johnson was part of the crew of the Snark (Jack London's ship, on which he traveled to the South Pacific). Guadalcanal, 1908.

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