SundayArts is Now NYC-ARTS
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Rebecca Lepkoff
Posted: September 5th, 2008

Since Jacob Riis first took photos of the slums on Mulberry Street in the 1890s, artists and reformers have used the Lower East Side to make social statements about the people who lived there. In the late 1930s, a young photographer named Rebecca Lepkoff simply went out into the streets and took pictures of the people she saw. Her book, LIFE ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE, provides an unusually clear window into what the neighborhood was like when she was young.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.
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