Photography exhibition sees beyond stereotypes
1 July 2019
Homelessness in Kent is the focus of a new photography exhibition to mark Porchlight's 45th anniversary.
A Portrait of Homelessness by photographer Robert Greshoff features images and stories of people we support and the staff who carry out this important work.
It is being held at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury from 13 July until 8 September and then moves to The Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable from 11 to 24 September.
The exhibition looks behind the statistics that dominate discussions about homelessness to reveal the human dimension of the issue.
“Everyone has a story to tell, and in A Portrait of Homelessness the people we work with share theirs,” explains Porchlight’s head of fundraising and communications Jo Dawes.
“The people we support are at the heart of everything Porchlight does. We look beyond their immediate situation to see their humanity and potential, and we hope that A Portrait of Homelessness helps others to do the same.”
The exhibition also features images of our day-to-day work supporting people who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness.
Photographer Robert Greshoff, who typically works in the corporate world, shot all the images. He says: “It struck me that all of my professional subjects did not achieve their success on their own and most would not be where they are without positive moral and financial support, good connections and good luck.
“If you look beyond these circumstantial aspects it becomes evident that although we may be divided by our relative wealth and perceived success or lack of it, we are more importantly unified by our shared humanity.”
The exhibition has been generously supported by headline sponsor Tarvos Wealth and Robert Greshoff.