How the other Half Lives is a book by Jacob August Riis who was an immigrant. I am sure you have heard of this book that portrays the lives of tenement dwellers in New York City in 1890. There were around 1,000,000 or more people living in terrible poverty. Mostly families living in one tiny room. Riis shed a light on their condition with his photographs. He didn’t even own a camera or know anything about photography when he began, but his photos helped to change the awful living conditions.
Among my many piles of books, in various places tucked away here and there, I came across my old book. The first thing that came to mind was perspective! There isn’t a person in the world who doesn’t carry a burden of some kind even from the least to the greatest. Personally I don’t look at people as being from the least or greatest at all…just each person having value to contribute to their world. But if one were to use a scale, then the least of New York, the tenements, were invisible until Riis took the time and care to say something!
The first is a photo of wash day. (mine should be a happy occasion for ever after)