Images in this calendar came out of a photography contest for people affected by homelessness, supported by The Royal Photographic Society (RPS), held 30 June - 5 July 2017.
One hundred single-use cameras were distributed at St Paul’s Cathedral, with photography training given by RPS volunteers. Participants were given five days, with the theme My London.
This calendar is sold by homeless and low-income people. Proceeds support the purchase of art materials for art groups supporting photographers involved in the project.
Since 2012 sales of calendars have raised more than £85,000 for art groups, artists and vendors
Every photographer chosen for the calendar was interviewed and helped in the editing process of this calendar. The calendar helps connect people affected by homelessness with the winder community though the photographs but also though the stories on every month.
Every photographer whose photograph appears in the calendar are paid £100 for the photograph which will be recouped through calendar sales. Photographers receive 50% of the profits from photograph sales after the cost of framing and postage with the remaining 50% going beack into the project.
Every month in the MY LONDON calendar has another photograph and another story.
Project description and photographs
The Cafe Art 2018 MyLondon calendar is a social enterprise initiative for London homelessness art groups and individuals who have been affected by homelessness.
In 30 June 2017, at St Paul’s Cathedral, 100 FujiFilm single-use cameras were handed out, with the theme My London. Training on how to use the cameras was given by The Royal Photographic Society [The RPS] before and on the day of the handout.
From the 89 cameras returned to us in on July 5, more than 4,000 photos were developed in colour and black & white. From these, 20 photos were selected by a panel of professional photographers and people who have experienced homelessness.
Since 2012 sales of calendars have raised more than £85,000 for art groups, artists and vendors.
MyLondon is a quality product - a real art calendar, with FSC certified paper and designed for free by top London graphic firm, Carter Wong Design. The contributors to the calendar - the winning photographers - all wrote or edited their own stories.
More than 2,500 votes were received for the top 20 photos at Spitalfields Arts Market in early August 2016, with the public being asked to choose the best photos for the 2017 MyLondon calendar.
The calendar will be produced by PrintHouse Corporation, a London firm. This will support the local economy and will also reduce the environmental impact caused by shipping product from an overseas printer.
The project is self-funding from calendar sales only, and receives no government money. We are supported in kind by The RPS and FujiFilm and endorsed by Homeless Link, the umbrella organisation for homelessness charities and organisations.
Cafe Art has several goals:
•To empower people affected by homelessness, not only through photography and art, but through connecting with the public.
•To tell the stories of individuals who are affected by homelessness,
•To raise awareness in the general public about issues from the participant’s personal perspective.
All the money raised goes back into the project, either to pay for the printing of the photographs and calendar, rewarding the winning photographers, providing art materials for art groups affected by homelessness or helping individuals attend art courses.
Art is seen as a major way for people to recover from the trauma of being homeless.
The calendar is still in the production stage, but here is a sneak preview of the 13 photographs chosen by public vote in Spitalfields Arts Market in early August: See a map of the photograph locations here. (Credit NBC, Today Show, New York)
"Café Art has brought photography and the homeless together in a ground-breaking initiative that is bringing real benefit to those participating. The calendar itself brings direct support but, equally important, is the raising of self-esteem and confidence for those taking part. It is a small project but it is making a big difference."
Dr M Pritchard, Chief Executive, The Royal Photographic Society
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