Apr 21, 2017
Today on StreetPX, we have a full house, as Visual Artist Jean-Benoit Levy, Matthew Gerring from StreetSheet and TJ Johnston from the Coalition on Homelessness (also a writer for StreetSheet).
We're starting out with a little walk down the storied life of visual artist, Jean-Benoit Levy, as he shares his experience growing up in a creative household in Switzerland, hosting family friends such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado and his path to graphic design and an appreciation for photography.
Directly, we shift to the topic of homeless people, homelessness, and how the subject relates to Street Photography. We felt this is far to often debated, but more often without the right people involved in the conversation. So today StreetPX aims to change this with a head-on discussion with representatives from the very successful, Street Sheet. A publication dedicated to helping homeless people throughout in the Bay Area.
The San Francisco homeless population is conservatively estimated to be between 7,000-10,000, including enough children to fill 35 transit buses. Many of who attend school every day, and return to the street or the limited bay area shelters available at night. Of which, please keep in mind, for every 5 homeless people in San Francisco, there is but one bed available. Meaning, there is only enough space to shelter 20% of the total population on the streets today..
We dive into these realities of what homelessness truly means. The misconceptions of who is homeless. The relationship of HUD funding and homelessness and so much more. What the Street Sheet does for the community and what these guys, like Jean-Benoit Levy do to bring this publication to the public.
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This Episode Brought to you by Glass Key Photo in San Francisco, CA!!!