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Exposing Hidden Worlds: How Jacob Riis' Photos Became Tools for Social Reform (Captured History)
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Publisher Compass Point Books
Publication date August 1, 2017
Pages 64
Binding Paperback
ISBN-13 9780756556204
ISBN-10 0756556201
Dimensions 0.25 by 9 by 10 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $8.95
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: President Theodore Roosevelt called Jacob Riis “the best American I ever knew.” The pioneering photojournalist―an immigrant from Denmark―drew attention to the poverty and evils of slum life in the late 1800s. Riis won national acclaim when his photos illustrated his bestselling book How the Other Half Lives. The book focused on the difficult time immigrants faced as thousands of newcomers flooded into the United States each year. Riis called for reform and hoped to prod government officials to help the poor people who were forced to live under horrible conditions. The impact of Riis’ photos came from capturing the poor and homeless as they lived and worked, with the subjects’ eyes often staring directly into the camera. The great photographer Ansel Adams called them “magnificent achievements in the field of humanistic photography.” But the reforms that came from Riis’ work have not eliminated urban poverty and homelessness, and important work remains to be done.

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