Jeffrey Wolin: Faces of Homelessness

For more than 30 years, Jeffrey Wolin has combined photographic portraiture with autobiographical texts, exploring issues about memory, identity, and trauma. Beginning in 1985, Wolin turned the camera on himself, writing personal stories directly on photographs that related to his life. Soon after, he began photographing residents at a housing project in Indiana, Holocaust survivors, and American and Vietnamese war veterans, combining portraits and personal histories directly on the photographic surface. His newest series, Faces of Homelessness, examines the homeless crisis and its complicated realities.

 

The homeless crisis can be seen across America, in small towns and major cities, on the streets and in shelters. While people are homeless due to drug/alcohol addiction or mental health issues, an overwhelming percentage are in this situation due to the loss of a job, domestic violence, divorce, sudden medical expenses, lack of affordable housing, and homophobia. And then there are the invisible homeless – families staying in hotels, with relatives, or couch surfing among friends. Wolin worked with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to understand the situation, mindful to present all aspects. His interactions took him from the viaducts under Lake Shore Drive, to Venice Beach in Los Angeles, and to newly rented apartments. Working in Chicago and Los Angeles, Wolin continues to honor people’s lives through their own words, helping us understand issues often unfamiliar or ignored.

 

The above people are just a few examples of how people end up homeless. As Wolin states, “My hope is that my photo/text images can contribute to the public conversation about the causes and possible solutions to some of the difficult issues surrounding homelessness and to gain more understanding of this large but rather vulnerable community.”

 

CEG, in collaboration with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, will be hosting panel discussions and smaller exhibitions throughout city in 2022. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for announcements. Coming soon: Faces of Homelessness published by Kehrer Verlag. 

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Title: Andon K, Chicago, 2018

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Title: Vincent D, Venice Beach, 2019

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Title: April H, Chicago, 2018

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Title: Lorenzo V, Venice Beach, 2019

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