Jacob Riis

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Birthday
3, 1849
Birthplace
Ribe, Denmark
Death Date
May 26, 1914 (65)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
3, 1849
Birthplace
Ribe, Denmark
Death Date
May 26, 1914 (65)

About

Danish American journalist and photographer who tried to alleviate the bad living conditions of impoverished New Yorkers through his writing and photography. Throughout New York there are several parks and buildings named after him.

Before Fame

He immigrated to America in 1870, when he was 21 years old.

Trivia

He is considered one of the fathers of photography due to his very early adoption of flash in photography, and his How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York: a 1890 publication of photojournalism, which is seen as the basis of muckraking journalism.

Family Life

His second wife, Mary Phillips, outlived him by 53 years.

Associated With

He was lifelong friends with President Theodore Roosevelt and wrote a campaign biography of him.