Jacob A. Riis

Jacob A. Riis was born in Skolegade in Ribe 1849.

The photojournalist Jacob A. Riis left Ribe in 1870 - young and hopelessly in love - for America, with a dream of a new and rich life. 

Jacob A. Riis, the first person to use photography to focus on the plight of the poor, was named "the most useful citizen of New York" by President Roosevelt.

He worked tirelessly for the poor and homeless in New York.

Here are links to websites where you can read about Jacob A. Riis and see samples of his photographs:

Visit Ribe, Jacob A. Riis' home town

Read an article about Jacob A. Riis from Wikipedia

See the fascinating photos by Jacob A. Riis. Slide show from New York Times' website

Watch a short film created by Citizen Dane presenting Jacob A. Riis