Café Art’s Brazil project helps the homeless turn to street photography

UK charity Café Art connects homeless people with the general public, businesses, corporations, art lovers, caffeine lovers, in fact, anyone who has a big heart, through 5 unique and inspiring programmes. Café Art launched in London in 2012 with a unique initiative showcasing artwork created by people affected by homelessness or are socially vulnerable. Earlier this year their ‘My London’ project went viral after coverage by Amateur ‪photographer‬s triggered interest from as far afield as Hong Kong, Australia and Thailand- it was also covered by The Today Show in the US. Now Café Art are piloting a photography contest and calendar in Sao Paulo, Brazil – the project is funded by Street Wise Opera’s With One Voice.

Café Art director Paul Ryan travelled to São Paulo where he ran a similar project, launching the street photography project on the Café Art website.
Organisers said: ‘Following the success of our Kickstarter this year, Café Art had been inundated with requests for advice on running photography contests and calendars, and we are working with people from cities all over the world.’
The ‘My São Paulo’ mission saw 100 Fujifilm single-use film cameras handed to people affected by homelessness, with help from the UK’s Royal Photographic Society.
Participants were asked to photograph their city over two days, with the best photos to be chosen for an exhibition and calendar.
Among those who took part was Rudnei Barbosa, who took a photo called ‘Feet on the Ground’, of his feet and sandals on the street, to deliver a message.

Rudnei Barnosa told project organisers that the image ‘alludes to the Brazilian people, always dreaming… but to achieve your goals, you need to set aside the illusions and put your feet on the ground’.

Café Art  | The man from glicerio by Matheus Leandro Barbose shows Mark Anthony Gabriel
The man from Glicerio’ by Matheus Leandro Barbosa shows Mark Anthony Gabriel

Café Art  | Feet on the ground by Rudnei Barbosa
‘Feet on the Ground’ by Rudnei Barbosa

Café Art | Corinthian trolley by Dino Jose
‘Corinthians’ Trolley’ by Dino José

Café Art Photography Project in Sao Paul
‘House without Window’ by Diogo Virolli

‘The money raised here will go 100% to art projects run by homelessness-sector organisations in São Paulo,’ Café Art’s Paul Ryan told today.

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UK charity Café Art connects homeless people with the general public, corporations, art lovers, caffeine lovers, in fact, anyone who has a big heart, through 5 unique and inspiring programme.
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