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London homeless given 105 cameras: what they captured is amazing

Press release   •   Aug 11, 2016 10:35 BST

The Cafe Art 2017 MyLondon calendar is a social enterprise initiative for London homelessness art groups and individuals who have been affected by homelessness.

It's a follow-up to the successful 2016 calendar that went viral last year. Because of the success, we we were able to launch a photography mentoring program for the photographers. This year's photographers are almost an entirely new group, and they will be invited to join the mentoring program too.

In July this year, at St Paul’s Cathedral, 105 FujiFilm single-use cameras were handed out, with the theme "My London". Training on how to use the cameras was given by The Royal Photographic Society [The RPS] in June, and again on the day of the handout.

From the 99 cameras returned to us in July, more than 5,000 photos were developed in black & white and colour. From these, 20 photos were chosen by the selection panel which included representatives from FujiFilm, Amateur Photographer magazine, The London Photo Festival, Christie’s and Homeless Link.

See video of project here, on the Kickstarter launched today

CAFÉ ART connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through art. We hang artwork created in art groups run by homelessness sector organisations and hang it in independent cafes in London. We also run photography contests with disposable FujiFilm cameras. 

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