Cafe Art is a UK based initiative that allows the homeless to express themselves through art and photography. This July they gave 100 Fujifilm disposable cameras to the homeless in London.
Basic training of photography techniques was provided by the Royal Photographic Society. The camera recipients were then asked to take photos with the theme “My London.”
Eighty of the one-hundred cameras given were returned and approximately 2,500 photos were developed. 20 of the 2, 500 photos were selected by judges from Fujifilm, Amateur Photographer, the London Photo Festival, Christie’s, and Homeless Link.
Presently, there is a Kickstarter campaign to turn some of these photos into a 2016 calendar.
Cafe Art said in a statement that “All the money raised from this program goes back into the project, 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.”