Snapshots Taken by Homeless People : Aimu

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Japan’s first photo book by people experiencing homelessness, capturing the city with their cameras.
The much-talked-about project, which garnered more than 6 million yen in crowdfunding support, is finally being published in book form! We hope that their perspective on the world will change the way the world sees them.

・A former construction worker who has lived on a riverbed for more than 10 years
・An ex-host who has been moving from one Internet café to another
・A woman who is a former shut-in who attends church.

The camera is held in the hands of homeless people of various ages, genders, and situations. An interview with each person is included at the end of the book.

The initiator of the project
Homedoor” is a certified NPO that has been supporting the homeless in Osaka since 2010.
Kana Kawaguchi, the representative of Homedoor, is a social entrepreneur who has been featured in “Professional Work Style” and “Seven Rules”.

・Changing Perspectives
Since 2017, we have been giving cameras to homeless people and asking them to take photos of their daily lives.
Each of them has their own unique world in their daily scenes captured from their own perspectives. A morning sunrise from a bench by the river, a park at night, a neighbor taking a nap. The viewpoints seen through the lens are there just as they are.
The photographs often have a story behind them.
For example, “Why did you take this picture?” For example, when I ask, “Why did you take this picture?” a story about a building I built when I was a carpenter, or an object in a park where I often take a break, emerges from a single photograph.
The word “homeless” refers to a condition and is not used to refer to a person. In this book, the term “homeless” is used to refer to people who are homeless or “homeless” in parentheses.
The title “I.M.” conveys the message that “there is no single persona of homelessness.
The word also serves as an indication of the characteristics of this photo book, which has separate page blocks for each photographer.

・Eliminating misconceptions and prejudice
The core of this project is to “first of all, let people know” about the homeless issue.
Compared to other social issues, homelessness tends to be more difficult to raise funds for.
This is because people often believe that it is their own responsibility to become homeless.
However, most of the triggers for homelessness are events that can happen to anyone, such as sudden illness, unemployment, deprivation due to leaving care, or deterioration of personal relationships.
We sincerely hope that this photo book will provide an opportunity for many people to experience the perspectives and voices of people experiencing homelessness, thereby promoting new understanding and eliminating “misconceptions and prejudices”.
The proceeds from the sale of the book will be used by Homedoor to provide support for people experiencing homelessness.

・Creating a new form of support
“Living on the streets kills you, and each day is a race against time in a different sense. I wish the sun would go down soon. I was ashamed of living on the street and worried about being seen. But when I was entrusted with the camera, my life, which had been dead inside, was given a purpose in life.” (Excerpt from an interview with the photographer from an article in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper)

Commentary at the end of the book
Photojournalist Natsuki Yasuda

Book Specifications
Cover: Special paperboard reproducing the texture of asphalt
Sleeve: Luxurious sleeve. Four types of sleeves are available.
Binding: German binding that opens 180 degrees without a spine
There are 4 types of sleeve case designs, but they will be delivered at random

Release Date:
October, 2019

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