Homeless Photographers do more than Capture Hidden New York

"We can show the world from where we see it. Even though we may be down in the dirt and down in the dumps, we still see beauty" - Jonathan Weber,  Street Photographer.

The "power of photography" has almost become cliche. One incredible, indelible picture can change the course of history. From the harrowing Phan Thi Kim Phu fleeing naked from Napalm attacks in Vietnam, to the iconic Earth rising from the vantage of the moon. These pictures went beyond influential - they forced people to recognize the abritrary suffering in South East Asia, and celebrated humanity and nature in a way that no other medium could.

But sometimes the photographic process is more important than the outcome, as this fascinating project shows us...

Don't call it a Home. Call it a Cage - by Jonathan Weber, 2015

Don't call it a Home. Call it a Cage - by Jonathan Weber, 2015

In November, the non-profit Heart Gallery NYC teamed up with the New York City Department of Homeless Services to create Through the Eyes of the Homeless - a photography based initiative that uses photography to raise awareness for the lack of affordable housing in the city. 

Working with 14 homeless or recently homeless people, Heart Gallery NYC does something much more important than exposing the hidden nooks and crannies of New York City; it provides the photographers with a sense of identity and worth. 

A New York Mural - by Mary, 2015

A New York Mural - by Mary, 2015

A Deep Dive - by Michael, 2015

A Deep Dive - by Michael, 2015

On the way up - by Hank, 2015

On the way up - by Hank, 2015

Manhole - by Janet, 2015

Manhole - by Janet, 2015

 

See more images from Through the Eyes of the Homeless HERE.