6 June 2012

Poor Jo - c. 1860



Poor Jo” is one of Reijlander’s most popular works, and its subject can be considered the original poster child for the homeless. Using a boy from the local Ragged School for the poor, Rejlander re-created a scene he had once witnessed in London. Hailed by critics for its “eloquent pathos and expression,”the photograph aroused sympathy from a society increasingly aware of the destitution in its midst, thanks to works by Charles Dickens and by the founder of “Punch” magazine, Henry Mayhew.

via National Gallery of Canada

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