INDHOLD: The Mightiest Lever. – Noblest of All the Callings. – Light for the Darkest Corner. – The Most Useful Citizen. – Evangelist for Reform. – The Last Years. – An Epilogue. – Jacob A. Riis: The instantaneous camera and the consecrated pen. – Photographs and texts.
“For me these magnificent achievements in the field of humanistic photography and text brings these people to live again in the print and images as intensely as when their pictures were captured on the old dry plates. Their comrades in poverty and suppression live here today in this city (New York) and in alle the cities of the world – and you can identify with the people photographed in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. ” (Bagsidetekst)