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How The Other Half Lives - Jacob Riis

Earlier this year I started seeing this photo making it’s rounds in the blogosphere and wanted to know more about it so I did a little digging and found that it was taken around 1888 by Jacob Riis (who was working as a Police reporter) in Bandit’s Roost – considered at the time to be the most dangerous place in all of New York City.

How The Other Half Lives - Jacob Riis

Turns out this photo, and many others (a few of which are pictured below) were published in a book around the turn of the century called How The Other Half Lives – I got my own copy in the mail earlier this week and I can’t wait to properly dig in!

How The Other Half Lives

How The Other Half Lives - Jacob Riis

How The Other Half Lives - Jacob Riis

How The Other Half Lives - Jacob Riis

How The Other Half Lives - Jacob Riis

Oddly enough – one of my favorite books of all time (mentioned previously) is very similar in content and delivery (despite being about 80 years apart) and was also made by a Danish born photographer in the US named Jacob HoldtAmerican Pictures: A Personal Journey Through the American Underclass

American Pictures