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“Family making artificial flowers,” by Jacob Riis, c. 1890 CE.

Jacob Riis, “Organized charity - family making artificial flowers,” in How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York (New York, 1890).

Muckraking journalist Jacob Riis was a pioneer of flash photography, which he used to document conditions in New York’s tenements for the purpose of encouraging reforms. This photograph of an entire family producing flowers in their crowded apartment makes visible some of the human relationships usually obscured by “the fetish of the commodity.”


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