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RIIS, Jacob August (1849 - 1914), Photographer, journalist

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199773787
RIIS, Jacob August (1849 - 1914), Photographer, journalist

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Danish American, 19th–20th centuries, male.

Born 1849, in Ribe, Denmark; died 26 May 1914, in Barre, Massachusetts.

Photographer and journalist. Photojournalism and social photography.

Jacob Riis was a social progressive who discovered the power of photography in shaping public opinion. As a youth in Denmark, he assisted his father with work on a local newspaper. Riis came to America in 1870, working various jobs before becoming

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