These photos, from a slideshow entitled How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York (1890) depict extreme poverty among Americans. Cramped quarters, dilapidated buildings, and filthy sheds that double as homes illustrate tremendous difficulties during an economic crisis. It is impossible to forget the faces of the children who stare glumly into the distance or the mother who feels hopelessly trapped in a world of hardships. Without proper clothing, safe and sanitary shelter, or adequate nutrition, one can imagine an array of illnesses spreading among the impoverished. Additionally, without proper resources, children cannot attend school, potentially leading them to a life of crime and future unemployment.
To view the slideshow by Jacob Riis, click here.
Kay Davis, M.A., University of Virginia. “Documenting “The Other Half”: The Social Reform Photography of Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine.” Documenting “The Other Half”: The Social Reform Photography of Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2017. <http://xroads.virginia.edu/~ma01/davis/photography/images/riisphotos/slideshow1.html>.