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London’s summer of 2017 as seen by the homeless

Press release   •   Jul 28, 2017 11:35 BST

Grenfell Tower. A group of participants lives next to the Tower and captured images of it in the days following the horrific fire.

A snapshot of London’s summer of 2017 will be revealed in over 450 photos in an exhibition from 100 cameras given to people affected by homelessness in late June.

The exhibition, which opens in Spitalfields Arts Market on Monday 31 July, mostly focuses on the positives in people images of London. However a group of photographers who live next to Grenfell Tower took photos of the devastated community in the days following the devastating fire in mid June, and these photos will be on display.

Supported by Homeless Link, The Royal Photographic Society and Fujifilm, the project’s goals are to empower people affected by homelessness through photography.

With the goal to capture London as they see it, the photographers have captured London in a way many don’t see it. From the observations of people they know, to the tragic images of Grenfell Tower from participants who live in the shadows of the Tower, this exhibition will turn heads and make people think.

Now in it’s fifth year, the MyLondon project has become successful internationally, with partner projects now in Sydney, Budapest, New Orleans and Toronto.

During the exhibition the public will vote for their favourite photos to make up a calendar which will be sold by people affected by homelessness between October and January. Last year the project earned the participants more than £40,000 in this way.

The judges of the top 20 photos included Michael Pritchard, the executive director of The Royal Photographic Society and reportage photographer Ken Lenox.

Key details:

- MyLondon Exhibition in Spitalfields Arts Market from Monday 31 July to Sunday 6 August.

- Opening ceremony with certificate presentation on Monday 31 July at 1pm.

To arrange interviews with photographers please contact Paul Ryan
tel 07517 141948. 

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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