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Cynthia Miller

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Images from the Streets: Art for Social Change from the Homeless Photography Project

This essay explores the landscape of homelessness, as it is photographed by its inhabitants, and the ways in which the act of rendering that landscape visible can foster social change. The author describes “Images from the Streets,” a photography project in which all individuals who participate are among the unsheltered homeless, and examines the ways in which the photographers use the images they create as tools for exploring and communicating their experiences and identities, and creating a sense of belonging while living at the margins of the wider community.

homelessness, photography, social change, identity, community, empowerment

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 33, No. 2 (2006): 122-134