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Portraits of America’s Homeless


July 22, 2015 15:00 EDT

Can art help change the world?

Throughout history, having one’s portrait painted was a sign of distinction, achievement and affluence. Photography has democratized this process to a large degree, ever so often bringing society face to face with those whose lives and struggles go largely unnoticed.

Aaron Draper, a professor of photography at Chico State University, California, has set off to challenge this societal complacency in his project, Underexposed. Having always felt a connection with the less fortunate, Draper has been photographing homeless people across America in an attempt to change public perceptions of homelessness.

For Draper, photographers have a duty to use their craft to make people feel and think differently. His carefully considered, artful photographs achieve this beautifully by capturing the depth and intricacy of his subjects.

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