NYPL Exhibitions

Tenements with laundry hanging out to dry

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Title Tenements with laundry hanging out to dry
Description Jacob Riis was a pioneer in the use of an early version of flash photography, an innovation that enabled him to take pictures in the dark rooms and hallways of New York's worst tenement flats. When his first book, How the Other Half Lives, was published in 1890, the images of squalor and degradation shocked the rest of the city and inspired decades of social and political activism.
Creator Jacob Riis
Source The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, Photography Collection
Date 1895

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format Gelatin silver print

Bibliographic Citation

Jacob Riis, “Tenements with laundry hanging out to dry ,” Lunch Hour NYC, accessed October 19, 2018, http://exhibitions.nypl.org/lunchhour/items/show/527.

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