The bustling Industrial Revolution of the late 19th Century helped create one of the greatest economic progress that the world has ever known. However, with progress comes consequences, and one of the main consequences that the people were forced to face was the dramatic increase in urban population.
The increase in number of factories in all major cities caused an inevitable need for workers. Thus, many people migrated from the rural areas to the major metropolitans. The movement in itself to the cities was not a challenge. The railroads greatly lowered the cost of transportation, and due to this millions of rural residents flogged into the cities. This process was known as urbanization.
The problem that arose from this major event was overpopulation. The increase of residents in the urban area caused an extreme shortage of housing, and many were forced to live in slums in the most miserable conditions.
The planners of the cities saw the essential problem of industrialization, and thus called for a mode of change. The idea that arose from this were buildings. The planners called for buildings that were tall enough to house the residents in the smallest ground space possible. Due to this, buildings 40 and 50 stories tall began to take root in cities, and eventually skyscrapers over 80 stories tall were rising into the air.
The city is one of the most dynamic mediums for photography today. The towers that pierce the sky itself offers photographers a chance of capturing depth and perception in ways never thought possible. The busy bustling environment that the city represents also offers photographers a chance to capture the emotion of working people.
For this reason, this week's journal feature will center on cityscape photography.
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