Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

In 1870, the 21-year-old Jacob Riis emigrated from Denmark in a thriving and growing new York. The young man had $ 40 in his pocket, a gold locket with a lock of his girlfriend, whom he had left, and the dream to work as a carpenter. Like hundreds of thousands of other immigrants, Riis arrived in the United States in search of a better life. However, all he found there is poverty, social inequality and unemployment.

Rees had to live in dark and are riddled with disease of the slums. The photographer lived in extreme poverty, not being able to get a regular job. He was interrupted by occasional jobs, was an assistant on the farm and work the metal until he finally got a job as a trainee journalist in the New York News Association.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

Portrait Of Jacob Riis.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

Soon, Riis became a reporter in the police and again confronted with the miserable slum-dwellers.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

The young man began writing to document the plight of poor immigrants.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

When and words was not enough, Reese resorted to the last resort — photographs.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

Jacob Riis began photographing poor areas, drinking establishments and those streets on which the rest of new York did not want to know. Riis often shot at night with a flash, which allowed the details to capture immigrants and the miserable conditions in which they lived.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

Sleeps in a furnished house.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

In 1890 Jacob Riis combined his work in the book "How the other half lives: slums of new York" (How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York). With these images, the audience saw an unknown until the sad reality.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

A blind man begging.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

A woman suffering from tuberculosis, lives on the roof.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

Family making artificial flowers.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

Dormitory.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

At the home of Italian ragpicker.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

Homeless children.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

A children's Playground.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

In the office of the newspaper the Sun, 3 hours in the morning.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

A school lesson.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

Homeless children of immigrant Arabs.

Jacob Riis: photographer immigrant who was shot an unknown half of new York

The boys from the Italian quarter.

Keywords: Immigrants | Poverty | New York | USA | Slums | Photographer

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