Tuesday • March 4 • 6:30 PM
Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Book Launch and Signing
Jacob Riis is remembered as a photojournalist and reformer who captured shocking images of life in 19th-century New York’s slums. Now, in their groundbreaking new book Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn-of-the-Century New York (New Press, 2008), authors Bonnie Yochelson and Daniel Czitrom reveal that Riis was not a serious photographer at all, but a genius at publicity and self-promotion who framed the discussion of urban poverty in terms still relevant today.
Rediscovering Jacob Riis is extensively illustrated with photographs from one of the Museum of the City of New York’s greatest treasures: the Jacob Riis collection, given to the Museum by Riis’s son in 1946. A book signing follows. Reservations required.
Admission is only $5 when you mention H-Net. For reservations and program information: (212) 534-1672, ext. 3395
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
212.534.1672, ext. 3395
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