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The Chronic Homeless in Chicago
Photographer: Lloyd DeGrane
Exhibit Title: The Chronic Homeless in Chicago
Location: United States
“Home is Where I Stay,” a common expression I hear in my photographic documentation of homelessness. Home may be a Chicago alley filled with rats, the dark and foreboding Lower Wacker Drive, a viaduct reeking of human waste and filled with used syringes.
In November 2015, I began documenting Chicago’s chronically homeless: the unsheltered who live outside. At first, their world was unknown to me. By early 2016, my eyes were opened wide. Thanks to a Northwestern University fellowship award to document housing in Chicago, I began to explore my city’s homeless encampments.
I brought people food and clothing and we talked about living “outside”. I frequently visited. I learned their names and they learned mine, some have become friends.
I gained trust and began to photograph the chronically homeless. This is the underworld of my city, and I soon became immersed in it.
I hope to continue my work to shed some light on the issues related to homelessness in my city and other cities and towns throughout America.
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