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Homeless at 20 Below: A Photographic Investigation of Life

Status Complete
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 09/01/2004
End Date 06/30/2005
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grants
Funding Amount
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM
Keywords Homeless

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Faculty
  Tom Skore

Student Researchers
  Cedar Cussins

Abstract

Nearly 1.5 million homeless youth live in America today, the richest nation in the world. In an effort to understand how some of these children end up on the streets, I would like to conduct a photographic expose on what it means to be homeless in Anchorage, Alaska. My goal is to interview and photograph individuals in their environment in order to present their stories to the public. This project will coincide and partner with the UAA Theatre production of Polaroid Stories in February, 2005. Polaroid Stories is based on the popular photographic expose of homeless youth around Los Angeles, "Raised by Wolves." The end result will be a public display during the run of Polaroid Stories that will be viewed by approximately tow thousand people over a three-week period. Many of the photographs will be taken with simple Polaroid one-step cameras which capture a stark realism in their images. A Polaroid is a story, a quick snapshot of a moment of another person's life, this is the concept from which Polaroid Stories derives its title.

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