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June 2020

EXHIBIT: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives

Tuesday, June 23 | 11:00 am - Tuesday, August 11 | 5:00 pm

At the end of the 19th century, New York City was home to a thriving economy -- and the worst slums on earth. Jacob Riis, a Danish immigrant working as a newspaper reporter, saw in flash powder photography a way to bring the harsh realities of people living in alleyways, tenements, and sweatshops to a wide audience. In this exhibit made possible by NEH On the Road, life-sized photographs, artifacts, and personal documentation show how Riis, through his writing, photography,…

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