The Mirror with a Memory

             I read an essay, "The Mirror with a Memory" written by James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton Lytle. As a photography student, I find this essay very interesting. It does make an impact on me in some ways. For many years, people were debating the issue about whether or not "photography is art?" I feel that this essay did help my perception in considering photography as an art or not. The main idea of the essay is that pictures present a distant meaning to a story and have an impact on the audience while showing a picture of reality. Sometimes, written history is not necessarily that important in the history of photography. The bodies of paragraphs will point out the importance of history of immigrants during that period such as, how does muckrakers such as Jacob Riis make an impact on journalist history during late 1800's and early 1900's, the assumption on Old immigrants vs. New immigrants, and lastly, my opinion with "The Mirror with a Memory".
             During the late 1800's and early 1900's, there were about 2 million immigrants who arrived in New York City. This caused a lot of poverty problems in terms of quality of life in New York City. There also were a lot of problems in another American cities as well. Epidemics such as typhus, scarlet fever, cholera, and many more spread through the cities. There was a lack of indoor plumbing and running water. The countless list of problems that new immigrants faced every day in their lives almost destroyed their dreams of pursuit for happiness, wealth, and better lives. It was said that realtors renovated many mansions of the rich so they were able to put as many families as they could in one mansion. This shows the hardship in each American's daily lives as every family member, from children to adults, had to work so hard to support themselves. The essay, "The mirror with a Memory" vividly describes how they actually ...

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