How the Other Half Lives


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"Riis was a Danish immigrant [in] New York in the 1880s. As he was poor, he was forced to live in a slum. He got a steady job, and moved on, but he always felt compassion for the residents of poorer areas. He wrote this book to accompany a series of pictures he took. The book and the pictures sparked real change in the slums and led to government regulation and intervention"--Back cover.

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Mar 4, 2016

Ripped off

This famous book is, essentially, a book of photographs of how the poorest of the poor lived in New York's lower east side 100 years ago. My father grew up there back then, and I ordered two copies, one for my brother.

The books did not have a single photograph. It looks like someone may have photocopied the text, reprinted it so small as to be almost unreadable, and left out the one thing that made this book so famous, which was all the photographs.

I didn't keep the mailer the books came in, so I can't return them to the bookseller who sold me these frauds.


May 6, 2010


This was book requested for a gift. Happy with fast delivery to organization wishing donation.


May 7, 2009


Riis was the father of American Photo Journalism. Having spent time as a New York photojournalist, I realize the tremendous role he played in opening up that field.

He did more to help improve conditions for the nation's immigrants than many others who worked solely for that purpose.

I reccomend it heartily for any social historian.


Sep 27, 2007

An eye opener

This book is photo journalism at its best. I had to read this book in college and it really changed my perception in life.

This was written along time ago so some of the text can be considered offensive. There is a lot of use of negative sterotypes in this book. There is an especially poor opinion of the Irish in this book.

This book is really about the photographs of the poor living in tenements in New York City. Until this book was published most people in soceity were not aware of the living conditions of the poor. These haunted photographs brought about a massive public awareness. The plight of the tenements could no longer be ignored.

The photographs are haunting. The miserable conditions New York's poor lived in is heart breaking. The photographs are clear and high quality dispite their age. This is a great book for photographers, history buffs, and people who enjoy an interesting subject matter.

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