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What Happens When You Give 100 Cameras Out To Homeless Londoners

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    Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Art.

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    Last July, London's Cafe Art, a CIC company that assists artists affected by homelessness, gave out 100 disposable cameras to the homeless. They got 80 cameras back, filled with photos of everyday life in London. Now, thanks to a Kickstarter, a few select images will be printed in a calendar.

    "Some [of the photographers] are sleeping rough; others have been homeless but are still attending homelessness charities. We contacted them through art groups run by the charities," Paul Ryan, Cafe Art's director, told Refinery29 in an email. "We gave basic training on how to use the camera in the art groups, followed by a training session for anyone who wanted to come, run by The Royal Photographic Society."

    In total, 2,500 photos were submitted; the 12 selected for the calendar were chosen by a public vote in August. They include images of a Holi-inspired event, London parks, and a row of telephones. Here, nine photos from the project, and the stories behind them.

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  2. Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Art/Desmond Henry.

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  3. Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Art / David Tovey.

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  4. Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Art / Gosak Calik.

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  5. Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Art / Ellen Rostant.

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  6. Photo: Courtesy of Cafe Art / Ellen Rostant.

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