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First published in 1890, this is the author's study of the slums of New York, where Italians, Jews, Bohemians , Blacks and Chinese struggled against the effects of poverty, alcohol and lack of education. The author's use of photographs to put faces to his stories is recognized as a landmark in photojournalism and as a result of his book, many reforms did take place to assist New York's poor.
Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a journalist and photographer born in Denmark. Luc Sante teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College. His books include Low Life, Evidence, and The Factory of Facts.