Professor Sara Blair's new book, How the Other Half Looks: The Lower East Side and the Afterlives of Images  was released by Princeton University Press this past June.

New York City's Lower East Side, long viewed as the space of what Jacob Riis notoriously called the "other half," was also a crucible for experimentation in photography, film, literature, and visual technologies. This book takes an unprecedented look at the practices of observation that emerged from this critical site of encounter, showing how they have informed literary and everyday narratives of America, its citizens, and its possible futures.

Read an interview with Professor Blair about her book on Princeton University Press's Blog