People of the Streets: A Photography Exhibition taken by People Experiencing Homelessness in Manchester

In June this year, 15 people took part in a photography and storytelling course, and now their work is being exhibited at Manchester Cathedral...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 19 July 2022

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Launching on Saturday 9th July is HOME, a photography exhibition at Manchester Cathedral showcasing photography taken by people experiencing homelessness in Manchester.

The charity behind the project, People of the Streets, will be opening up a city-wide series of exhibits to showcase lived experiences of homelessness in Manchester. In June, 15 people took part in a photography and storytelling course, and now their work will be shown across the city, with the flagship exhibit being held at Manchester Cathedral until Sunday 17th July.

The aim of the exhibit is to educate and inform the public on the housing emergency in Manchester, and the case for the Greater Manchester Housing First Pilot – an innovative new approach to tackling homelessness, whilst also personifying and humanising the people at the centre of it.

People of the Streets’ mission is to put human stories at the heart of the public conversation on homelessness, a topic that is often spoken about but the people experiencing it are rarely doing the talking. As such, they work with people experiencing homelessness to build their confidence, develop their talents and amplify their voices.

For HOME, People of the Streets asked a range of experienced Manchester photographers to help teach people the skills, one of which was @manc_wanderer who said on Instagram: “It was an honour to be asked to join the team as the photography lead and teach some sessions to people who’ve experienced homelessness. I enjoyed the challenge of creating the course content, but the real privilege was meeting these wonderful people who all have different stories to tell. We wanted those stories to be reflected in the photos so that they show what “Home” means to each person.”

You can imagine my joy when I saw the first photos we got developed and they turned out to be fantastic – I hope you’ll enjoy seeing them at the exhibition which runs until July 17th”


by People of the Streets

Date: Saturday 9th – Sunday 17th July // Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd July
Venue: Manchester Cathedral & Royal Exchange // Ashton Metrolink Station
Cost: FREE

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