100 Cameras Were Given to Homeless in London. The Results Left Everyone Mesmerized

By Zack
April 29, 2016 6:00 am Last Updated: April 30, 2016 9:37 am

A United Kingdom group distributed 100 cameras to homeless people in London and the results are pretty amazing.

Cafe Art, the group, gave out Fujifilm disposable cameras and also arranged for basic training from the Royal Photographic Society.

The camera recipients were told to take pictures with the theme “My London.”

In the end, 80 of the 100 cameras were returned, and around 2,500 photos were developed. From those, 20 were chosen by a panel of judges. A Kickstarter campaign to turn the finalists into a 2016 calendar has raised almost $9,000, more than the original goal. 

All the finalists received a $75 prize, with $75 more coming if their picture makes it into the calendar.

“All the money raised goes back into the project,” Cafe Art says, “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.”

(ROL; cover of calendar)
(ROL; cover of calendar)

(Tyre Break, Hackney, by Desmond Henry)
(Tyre Break, Hackney, by Desmond Henry)

(Everything I Own or Bags of Life, Strand, by David Tovey)
(Everything I Own or Bags of Life, Strand, by David Tovey)

(Nature's Tunnel or Light and the End, Stratford, by Ellen Rostant)
(Nature’s Tunnel or Light and the End, Stratford, by Ellen Rostant)

(Telephone Row, Lincoln's Inn, by XO)
(Telephone Row, Lincoln’s Inn, by XO)

(Past & Present, City of London, by Ioanna Zagkana)
(Past & Present, City of London, by Ioanna Zagkana)

(Colour Festival, Olympic Park, by Goska Calik)
(Colour Festival, Olympic Park, by Goska Calik)

(Tower Bridge PICNIC, Southwark, by Cecie)
(Tower Bridge PICNIC, Southwark, by Cecie)

(Royal Geese Sunset, Kensington Gardens, by Maciek Walorski)
(Royal Geese Sunset, Kensington Gardens, by Maciek Walorski)

(Left Boot, East London, by Ellen Rostan)
(Left Boot, East London, by Ellen Rostan)

(West End Bird, Westminster, by Zin)
(West End Bird, Westminster, by Zin)

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(The Artist, Whitechapel, by Michael Crosswaite)

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(Shadow of Self, Hyde Park, by Goska Calik)