By:Amanda Casillas and Michelle Stukey
Jacob Riis was able to use a camera from that time period to capture moments of sadness and despair. These moments were very unknown to the public and Jacob was able to create more awareness through photojournalism.
Photojournalism: The art of practice of communicating news through photographs.
"How The Other Half Lives": A source of photojournalism used by Riis to show the way of life for poor people.
Social Reform: Jacob Riis used his source of photojournalism, "How The Other Half Lives," to begin his career as a social reformer.
Jacob Riis was able to provide awareness of the living conditions for poor people in New York City. During that time period, people chose to ignore those groups of people and did not approve of reading or even seeing anything dealing with that subject. Riis was courageous to publish a book about this untouched subject that revealed the truth about their reality.
The big idea was how Jacob was able to provide facts and information through not only writing, but also through his pictures. Without his access to a camera and his photography skills, he wouldn't have been able to create awareness and to defend the lives of the poor.
Jacob Riis became well known as a social reformer who encouraged the people of America to realize that change was needed. Those changes were to become aware of the poor and what should be done in order to provide help for all of them. He went against the norm of America and touched on a subject that was ignorant to the people and further encouraged the idea of social reform today.