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Picturing the Poor

Photographs of Poverty in America

Leann Davis Alspaugh

ANDREAS FEININGER (1906–1999): Three children outside a tenement slum in New York City, c. 1970 (detail); Premium Archive/Getty Images.

A photograph gallery of images of poverty in America.

When another generation shall have doubled the census of our city, and to that vast army of workers, held captive by poverty, the very name of home shall be a bitter mockery, what will the harvest be?” —Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives

A selection of twentieth-century photographs focusing on poverty in America by Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, Roy Stevens, Ed Ford, Andreas Feininger, Mitchell Funk, and John Rosenthal.

A sample spread:



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