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Local Photographer Reveals the Faces of Homelessness

July 23, 2019 10:59 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A local photographer is shining a spotlight on an "invisible population."

We pass them in the streets, outside of businesses, in parks, and, for the most part, homeless people don't get a second glance. However, that wasn’t the case on Tuesday night.

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If a picture's worth 1,000 words, G.E. Koenig’s photos might be worth 10,000. Koenig has been photographing homeless people for the past decade. He started in California and continued his work in Rochester. 

All but one of the pictures on display at the "Faces of Homelessness" event at Pasqual’s depicted Rochester residents. Koenig says they enjoyed having their picture taken.

“I just wanted their faces to say something about them, so I got [right] in their face,” he said. “I've gravitated to black and white because you can't cheat black and white. Can't have red here, blue here; it's just who they are.”

Koenig says he's photographed more than 800 homeless people, adding it has changed his outlook on life. 

The event was about more than putting a face to a cause, though. It was about trying to find a solution.

For Dan and Holly Fifield, that solution starts with a Day Center. “A place where [those without a home] are not going to get run off or sent out the door,” said Dan. “We hope to have laundry facilities, we were planning on having shower facilities, if we feed them a meal, we don't know, but that's part of the thought process. We want to give them a place where they can just ‘be’.”

More than 100 people attended the event. Proceeds raised will go toward making a Day Center a reality in Rochester.

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Hannah Tiede

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