Lesley student Natalie Cohen’s photo documentary project shares portraits and stories of homelessness in Harvard Square.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The exhibit, which runs through Nov. 26, is co-sponsored by the Lesley University College of Art and Design Photo Department, the Office of Community Service at Lesley University, Lesley Delivers, and the Office of Student Activities. Cohen's exhibit is among a number of events and activities at Lesley to mark Hunger & Homelessness Week, including volunteer opportunities, a Faces of Homelessness Panel and a Hunger Banquet.
Cohen is a junior and works as the photographer for the Office of Community Service. She spent a month and a half photographing homeless people in Harvard Square for the project with the help of Lesley seniors Theresa Powers and Brianna Ehler, the co-president and group leader, respectively, with Lesley Delivers, a student organization dedicated to supporting the homeless and hungry in the Cambridge community by contributing food, resources, and time to those in need.
"These are people on the street you literally walk by every day," Natalie says. "Just saying, 'Hi,' could make their day, or buying them a cup of coffee. Show they are human. We want people to start making connections with other people."
Amy Greene, director of Lesley’s Community Service office, praised Natalie’s efforts to shed light on the homeless population and humanize a people who are so often overlooked.
“The photo exhibit is an excellent example of why we value community service here at Lesley, where a talented student like Natalie is able to apply theory to practice, utilizing her creativity to truly have an impact in the world,” Greene noted. “The emotion and openness that is visible in each portrait is the result of years of connection between Lesley students and the homeless in Harvard Square through our vibrant student service organization, Lesley Delivers.”
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