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February 21, 2013, New York City


The Other Half, How It Lives and Dies in New York *

Bestselling author Lorenzo Domínguez publishes a new edition of Riis’ 1890 classic How the Other Half Lives. This special collegiate edition contains over 100 new endnotes that provide insight and context to students of history, American studies, photography, social studies, immigration, social welfare, public health and journalism. Now available in paperback, iPad, iPhone, iTouch, Kindle and Kindle Fire.


“Jacob Riis is the true Grandfather of Photojournalism,” proclaims bestselling author Lorenzo Domínguez. “Although film publicists have purported that Henri Cartier-Bresson deserves the title, he was not born until 1908, 18 years after Riis published How the Other Half Lives, a best seller that helped establish photojournalism as a true profession.”

Poetically detailing the lives of the impoverished of New York City's tenement slums at the end of the 19th century, How the Other Half Lives not only brought Riis wide acclaim but also sparked vast social reform at the turn of the twentieth century. It was also one of the first books to use photographs instead of engraved illustrations, which were the standard for images in all forms of print at the time.

In addition to pioneering socio-documentary photography, Riis was also a notable muckraker, a leader of social reform at the advent of the Progressive Era and a personal friend of President Teddy Roosevelt, who wrote in his 1913 autobiography “my whole life was influenced by my long association with Jacob Riis, whom I am tempted to call the best American I ever knew.”

Also an award-winning New York City street photographer, Domínguez recently restored, edited and published a new edition of this American classic, which is now available for Kindles, iPads and most PCS and smartphones.

“I restored the text, illustrations and photographs of the original 1890 edition, and added the photographs that inspired the original engravings,” explains Domínguez. “Since this is required reading for young scholars across many disciplines— American studies, early American literature, 18th Century history, photography, social studies, urban planning, public health and journalism—I supplemented Riis’s 22 original footnotes with 123 new endnotes with Internet hyperlinks to their original sources to provide invaluable insight and context to students.”

Specially priced for academic accessibility, the editor adds that this version was created as a public service for the millions of students, history buffs and photography enthusiasts who are interested in how one man and his art can sway public policy and inspire society to make a positive difference in the lives of millions.

* The Other Half, How It Lives and Dies in New York was the title of Riis’s original magic lantern lecture that inspired the book.


·  Top Ten Immigrant Books, The Immigrant Experience, Kevin Baker

·  Essential Books About Poverty in American History, Georgia College, Department of History, Mark Huddle

·  The Most Important Works of 19th-Century American Literature, St. Louis University, Department of English

·  Great American Literature, 1855 to 1970, University of Virginia, Stephen Railton

·  Top Ten Books that changed public opinion, influenced public policy, and left an indelible mark on history, Hasia Diner


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Format: Kindle, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone
File Size: 1812 KB
Publisher: Chelenzo Ink (Jan 2012)
ISBN-10: 147000447X
ISBN-13: 978-1470004477
Dimensions: 8 x 5, 350 pages
Weight: 1 pound


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