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Forsaken: Untold Stories from the streets of Manhattan

Oscar Ozbay | New York, United States

A portrait of Stanley (62)

Every night nearly 4,000 New Yorkers sleep on the streets, and for each of these individuals, there are 17 more staying in homeless shelters (The Bowery Mission).

Forsaken explores four low-income and/or homeless individuals who regularly stay on the streets of Manhattan or are provided with low-income housing. The project documents their lives on the streets and daily experinces. The images are supplemented with personal accounts of their life and the events that have led them to where they are now.

We walk around with no idea what those around us have gone through. This series is a small view into what it would be like to ask.

We make judgments based on appearance and get caught in a cycle of our own problems, shutting out the potential difference we can make right in front of us. This series is a look into the opportunities we let pass every day to help those in need.

The original format of this project is a combination of stills and audio from these subjects. To view Forsaken in its final form, please see the Multimedia tab.

Assistance/ advisory- 

Lauren Walsh 

Ron Haviv

My name is Oscar Ozbay. I am a freelance photographer and photojournalist based in New York City. I am also a student at New York University in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, studying Photojournalism and the Business of Visual Arts.

I hope with this project as well as all of my work to spread awareness, truth, and experience through images.

NYU - "Fire and Ice" Photojournalism Lab 

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