LA -Delving Deeper Into the History of Photography Q2


Go to the library or search on the Internet and find a photograph from the 19th century (taken before 1900). Write a short “think piece” about this photograph. You are free to select any image you would like to write about, as long as the photograph was taken during the 19th century. Examine the photograph carefully and write about what you see and what the photograph makes you think about. Some (but not all) things you could consider are:

  • What does the photograph tell you about the photographer?
  • What does it tell you about the subject of the image?
  • Does the technical quality of the image (or lack thereof) help or hinder the success of the photograph?
  • Where did the photographer stand when he or she took this picture?
  • How does his or her camera position or angle affect the outcome of the image?
  • Why does this picture interest you? 

In short, tell me what you think about the image in your own words. This assignment is to be  posted at to your WordPress blog. The image you are writing about must be included.


Children sleeping in Mulberry Street (1890) Jacob Riis

This image portrays the living conditions of young homeless children in New York. There are 3 small boys sleeping next to each other.

There are lots of emotions in the picture and the photographer gives us a good portray of how difficult it must have been to live under such conditions.

The photographer sends out a very important message. By looking at the photo you understand the sensitivity in the situation.

It look like the photo is taken in daylight and the photographer is sitting down wile he shoots the photo. If he had shoot the photo standing we would look down on the children. But by taking it in the this angle the childrens hight he give us the feeling of seeing the situation through the childrens eyes.

The light in the photo is affected by the flash of the camera and the natural daylight.

This picture fascinates me because of the work Riis did. He highlighted these terrible living conditions through pictures, strikes, books, and speeches. He worked systematically to change these living conditions and made a huge difference in society.

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