Feb 23 - In Riis’s Footsteps: Photographers and Social Advocacy. 6:30 pm Museum of City of NY

Tue 23rd Feb, 2016 – Tue 23rd Feb, 2016

Posted by Michael Seto Photography

In Riis’s Footsteps: Photographers and Social Advocacy 
Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of New York

In the late 19th century, Jacob Riis pioneered the use of flash photography in journalism in order to reveal the squalor of tenement life on the Lower East Side. Today, many photographers continue his mission of social advocacy, documenting the lives of the marginalized “other half” in an effort to challenge stereotypes, assert the humanity of their subjects, and inspire change. Join a panel of acclaimed photographers for a conversation about the role that social conscience plays in their work and the art of documentary photography. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half.

  • Wendy Ewald, Photographer and Educator who has given cameras to people all over the world and encouraged them to document their daily lives
  • Thomas Holton, Photographer who has explored the immigrant experience in New York City by photographing a family in Chinatown from 2002 to 2005 and again from 2010 to 2014
  • Zun Lee, Photographer who has considered black fatherhood in his work
  • Margaret Morton, Photographer and Professor, The Cooper Union School of Art, who has explored the homeless living conditions in New York City
  • Vinson Cunningham (moderator), Contributing writer for The New Yorker’s website

Register online at mcny.org/programs

Use the code RIIS for discount tickets!



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