Lee Jeffries is a self-taught artist who has surprised the insular photography world with his striking series of black-and-white portraits of homeless men and women. His subjects come from London, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Las Vegas, New York City and other urban areas.
Jeffries takes close-up head shots of his various volunteers, capturing the emotional expressions of those who are often invisible to a majority of the population. He also conducts interviews with his subjects, connecting to them by the simple act of listening to their stories.
Instead of profiting from a vulnerable population, he’s confronting an issue many of us ignore. He runs the London marathon every year in honor of the UK charity, Centrepoint, donating prints and cameras he’s won in several competitions to the organization, as well as to other homeless charities globally.