Saturday, October 31, 2015


Jacob Riis was an investigative reporter and a pioneer in photo journalism at the dawn of the 20th century. He used photography to document the appalling conditions under which the poor were living in New York City. Riis knew that his photographs would evoke feelings of guilt that would make people feel some responsibility for the misfortunes of others and inspire them to take action to alleviate their suffering. (cf.

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