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Drawing on previously unexamined diaries and letters, The Other Half marvelously re-creates the moving story of Jacob Riis, the legendary Progressive reformer and muckraking photographer. Born in 1849 in rural Denmark, Riis immigrated to America in 1870 following a devastating romantic breakup. Penniless and starving, Riis stumbled into journalism, eventually becoming a charismatic police reporter for the New York Tribune, where he befriended Theodore Roosevelt and witnessed firsthand the appalling tenement conditions of late nineteenth-century New York. His resulting expos

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"In this immigrant saga, Danish historian Buk-Swienty delves into the life of one of his most famous countrymen, the photographer Jacob Riis (How the Other Half Lives), whose seminal photographs exposed the deplorable conditions of New York City's tenement housing. After an unhappy love affair, Riis (1849 — 1914) abandoned comfort and Denmark for poverty and America; he spent three years wandering from town to town, often on the verge of starvation, often contemplating suicide until chance employment as a journalist saved him. This skilled translation superbly demonstrates how Riis drew upon his own experiences as a newly landed immigrant in documenting tenement life and how he developed his craft without formal training or cameras adequate enough to capture images in the darkness of the slums. Buk-Swienty masterfully contextualizes Riis's crucial role in the development of investigative reporting and analyzes the various dilemmas confronting him as he shed his reporter's objectivity to become a committed reformer of socioeconomic ills. Embedded in the gritty narrative is also a touching love story — as the once-rejected Riis manages to win over — and marry — his boyhood love." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Social reformer Jacob Riis made it impossible for Americans to look the other way; now this inspiring biography restores his greatness.

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Drawing on previously unexamined diaries and letters, "The Other Half" marvelously re-creates the moving story of Jacob Riis, the legendary Progressive reformer and muckraking photographer. 55 illustrations.

Synopsis:

Social reformer Jacob Riis made it impossible for Americans to look the other way; now this inspiring biography restores his greatness.

About the Author

Tom Buk-Swienty, a Danish historian, has been the U.S. correspondent for several major Danish newspapers. A former Fellow at the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library, he now teaches at the University of Southern Denmark.Annette Buk-Swienty lives in southern Denmark with her husband, historian Tom Buk-Swienty, and their two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393060232
Subtitle:
The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America
Author:
Buk-swienty, Tom
Translator:
Buk-Swienty, Annette
Author:
Buk-Swienty, Annette
Author:
ienty
Author:
Tom Buk-Sw
Author:
Buk-Swienty, Tom
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Journalists -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Publication Date:
20080817
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
55 photographs
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.5 x 1.3 in 1.525 lb

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Product details 352 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393060232 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this immigrant saga, Danish historian Buk-Swienty delves into the life of one of his most famous countrymen, the photographer Jacob Riis (How the Other Half Lives), whose seminal photographs exposed the deplorable conditions of New York City's tenement housing. After an unhappy love affair, Riis (1849 — 1914) abandoned comfort and Denmark for poverty and America; he spent three years wandering from town to town, often on the verge of starvation, often contemplating suicide until chance employment as a journalist saved him. This skilled translation superbly demonstrates how Riis drew upon his own experiences as a newly landed immigrant in documenting tenement life and how he developed his craft without formal training or cameras adequate enough to capture images in the darkness of the slums. Buk-Swienty masterfully contextualizes Riis's crucial role in the development of investigative reporting and analyzes the various dilemmas confronting him as he shed his reporter's objectivity to become a committed reformer of socioeconomic ills. Embedded in the gritty narrative is also a touching love story — as the once-rejected Riis manages to win over — and marry — his boyhood love." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Social reformer Jacob Riis made it impossible for Americans to look the other way; now this inspiring biography restores his greatness.
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on previously unexamined diaries and letters, "The Other Half" marvelously re-creates the moving story of Jacob Riis, the legendary Progressive reformer and muckraking photographer. 55 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Social reformer Jacob Riis made it impossible for Americans to look the other way; now this inspiring biography restores his greatness.
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