Cafe Art, a UK-based organization fostering artistic outlets for homeless people, funded a project last month that gave out 100 Fujifilm disposable cameras to people living on the streets.
Royal Photographic Society provided initial training for the homeless individuals, who were not familiar with the photographic process. They told the camera recipients to take pictures that would represent the theme of “My London”.
Out of the 100 cameras that were given out, 81 were returned to be developed. Fujifilm, Amateur Photographer, the London Photo Festival, Christie’s and Homeless Link then went through 2,500 photos to find the 20 that best represented the project.
Cafe Art tapped an uncommon pool of talent to create a project that has made a substantial impact and have also launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a 2016 calendar. The UK-based initiative said:
“All the money raised goes back into the project, either to pay for the printing of the photographs and calendar, rewarding the winning photographers, buying art materials for art groups affected by homelessness or helping individuals attend art courses.”