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The Homeless, Wrinkles and All

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Posted on Jan 21, 2012
Lee Jeffries

Life for most of us can be carefully—if unintentionally—structured to avoid confrontation with the sea of human misery, despair and hopelessness around us. Whatever his intention, British photographer Lee Jeffries is interrupting the arrangement.

See a short gallery of his work, which features haunting portraits of the down and out taken in London, Rome and New York, here. —ARK

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By gerard, January 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment

surfboy:  Oh come now!  It’s not all that bad. Instead of 50 million frenchmen doling out francs and liras and dollar bills here and there, helter-skelter, get together people who have worked in the ditches and dumps on rehabilitation with some successes here and there.  Put them with some men and women from top-class relief organizations and a handful of idealistic Occupiers.
  Before you do anything else, go to the people in need first, show them some possibilities and ask them to organize the grassroots around projects they think are most do-able.  Throw in a few success stories from India and Africa due to previous efforts of CARE, Red Cross, Red Crescent, Oxfam International, and UNESCO. 
  Mix and stir well. Then take the Pentagon budget and put it with other donations from rich people, and ask key foreign charities to join in to recommend a reasonably fair method of distribution with UNICEF, OXFAM and Doctors without Borders, Muslim charities and Chinese social equality agencies setting up reasonable objectives and making the key decisions with local people.
  Give efforts five years before evaluating; then offer rewards for ten best and find out what hinders those that don’t do so well. Make necessery revisions.
  It’s quite do-able, actually.  Just not been done yet. Those who believe it can and should be done are alive. Those who disagree are dead; avoid them like the plague.
  PS—based on need, take care of Africa, India, Mexico, Bangladesh and Brazil, and war-torn areas first.

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By EmileZ, January 22, 2012 at 1:12 am Link to this comment

As distressed and unsettled as I am about the captions that inevitably accompany photos such as these which speak of the “raw beauty of the homeless” and such, I do think a picture is worth a thousand words.

If only the words weren’t so often lacking in substance.

If you really feel guilty, give the photographer an award etc.

Anyhow, it looks to me like Lee Jeffries is homogenizing the milk of human suffering for his own gain. I hope I am wrong.

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By diamond, January 21, 2012 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment

Very confronting. Especially to see a homeless child’s world-weary eyes staring into the camera. It hardly seems worthwhile to go to all the trouble of being born to end up in such an existence.

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