Posts tagged: Jacob Riis

R is for Jacob Riis

The power of documentary imagery can bring about great change and one of the pioneers of this technique was Jacob Riis, the photographer whose work brought about social reform to the housing of New York.

He was one of fifteen children of Niels and Carolina Riis and was born in Ribe, Denmark in 1849. His father was a schoolteacher and the young Riis was encouraged to learn English through works of Dickens and James Fenimore Cooper. Read more ›››