2 Agency Creatives Document the Intimate Lives of New York City's Homeless

The photo project showcases essential items people carry with them

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In New York City, 63,000 men, women and children are homeless, and every night, approximately 4,000 sleep on the street.

Simon Dolsten and Chris Bosler recently took time away from their jobs as an advertising copywriter and art director to collaborate with photographer Gabriella Lincoln and low-income housing charity Urban Pathways to create “Homeless Essentials,” an art project documenting the lives of these individuals as embodied by the objects they carry.

The name of the project is quite literal, as Dolsten, Bosler and Lincoln spoke to several members of the city’s homeless population and told their stories visually, not with images of their faces but the most essential items from their daily lives.


Dolsten and Bosler worked together at KBS (now Forsman & Bodenfors) and freelanced at New York agencies including Havas and Annex88 before putting their passion project to paper.




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