Jacob August Riis – original Autograph, hand signed and dated 1901 by Riis



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Jacob August Riis – original Autograph, hand signed and dated 1901 by Riis.

Jacob August Riis, a autograph on reverse of the business card (card de visite). He wrote:
“What does a cake matter, or a hen, a twenty, when only the house keeper is right? What, …(?)
Richmond Hill Dec. 22. 1901.

Size: 9x7 cm (3.5 x 2.8 inches).


Jacob August Riis (May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914) was a Danish American social reformer, "muckraking" journalist and social documentary photographer. He is known for using his photographic and journalistic talents to help the impoverished in New York City; those impoverished New Yorkers were the subject of most of his prolific writings and photography. He endorsed the implementation of "model tenements" in New York with the help of humanitarian Lawrence Veiller. Additionally, as one of the most famous proponents of the newly practicable casual photography, he is considered one of the fathers of photography due to his very early adoption of flash in photography. While living in New York, Riis experienced poverty and became a police reporter writing about the quality of life in the slums. He attempted to alleviate the bad living conditions of poor people by exposing their living conditions to the middle and upper classes. Theodore Roosevelt was so deeply affected by Riis's sense of justice that Roosevelt met and befriended Riis for life, later remarking about: "Jacob Riis, whom I am tempted to call the best American I ever knew, although he was already a young man when he came hither from Denmark". After Roosevelt became President, he wrote a tribute to Riis that started: Recently a man, well qualified to pass judgment, alluded to Mr. Jacob A. Riis as "the most useful citizen of New York". Those fellow citizens of Mr. Riis who best know his work will be most apt to agree with this statement. The countless evils which lurk in the dark corners of our civic institutions, which stalk abroad in the slums, and have their permanent abode in the crowded tenement houses, have met in Mr. Riis the most formidable opponent ever encountered by them in New York City.”

Condition: very good
          280.- €


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