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Andrew Lazarow Poverty, Are You Next? A picture was taken on March 20 th , 1933 in Seattle, Washington, a city that was once one of the busiest industrial sites on the pacific coast . Although this statement is true, the picture I have selected makes it hard to conceptualize . The picture was published by the associated press during the Great Depression to show people the worsening effects of the depression . From the year 1929 to 1932, about 350,000 people in America lost their jobs due to the pressing times of the depression (WikiAnswers, 2009) . Without a job in such a poor economy, it became almost entirely impossible to keep up with spending . This image therefore not only shows how our society and culture were suffering at the time, but also is capable of sending a political message to the people who view it . The media has always played a large role in influencing the public . When it comes to newspapers or magazines the media is able to influence people’s views through the photographs they chose to publish for the public eye . Each picture selected has the power to capture an exclusive moment that the photographer aims at portraying . Because of this, the picture only tells a part of a story in a particular moment when it is captured, not what happened before the picture was taken or what happened after . Although this can be misleading, it makes it possible to send a stronger message with the picture because it enables the viewer to provoke thoughts from within the depths of their mind in order to make inferences on the background of the occurrence . It is important to be able to send a strong message to the public especially when it involves the needy . There are millions of people on this Earth that need help from the more fortunate, but go unnoticed by many . The picture I chose sends a powerful message to the viewer
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Andrew Lazarow because of the timing and placement in which it was taken . The picture captures two separate images, the broken down shacks on the middle and bottom of the frame and the built up city above . The broken down shacks on the middle and bottom of the picture appear to be small and to an extent flimsy . They also have a dirty appearance. Due to of the role the shadows play in the picture, the viewer can grasp that there is a dingy look to the material used instead of this effect being caused because of bad lighting . The poor organizational composure of the lot of houses makes the setup seem less like a community and more like a junk yard of shacks . The presence of smokestacks on the shacks allows the viewer to infer that people live in these shacks, because smokestacks provide warmth as well as allow residents to cook their meals . The image of people having to live in these conditions as seen in the picture is powerful and thus neccessary to get the attention of the fortunate and therefore convince them to give aid to the needy .
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course WRT 105 taught by Professor Kleinbart during the Spring '07 term at Syracuse.

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