Finalist
Andrea Reese
USA

Urban Cave

Life In Makeshift Settlements in New York City.

 

 

Urban Cave is a story about the resilience and humanity of people who live “homeless” on the other side of conventional society in New York City. It is about a group of individuals and the full spectrum of their lives, rather than their deprivations alone. The images are in response to the beauty of a place, a people, and the dignity, determination, and perseverance of this particular long-term homeless culture.

 

 

Chuck and Lisa lived in their makeshift home in the Amtrak tunnel for more then nine years.
Chuck and Lisa lived in their makeshift home in the Amtrak tunnel for more then nine years.
Chuck waits for his companion.
Chuck waits for his companion.
Chuck shares his small but well protected makeshift home, high up in the walls of the tunnel, with his companion Lisa.
Chuck shares his small but well protected makeshift home, high up in the walls of the tunnel, with his companion Lisa.
Lisa, several months pregnant, collects some things for the baby she will have.
Lisa, several months pregnant, collects some things for the baby she will have.
Chuck returns to the tunnel with some food.
Chuck returns to the tunnel with some food.
Chuck and Lisa, pregnant go to apply for a home in a city run shelter for families.
Chuck and Lisa, pregnant go to apply for a home in a city run shelter for families.
Jamaica and Zoe take refuge in the subway. They stayed there regularly for more then two years but now hope to change their life and to get married.
Jamaica and Zoe take refuge in the subway. They stayed there regularly for more then two years but now hope to change their life and to get married.
After being evicted from track 13 in 2004, Willy made a home in a box near the train station. He is still on the street. He can hear the trains pass underneath him.
After being evicted from track 13 in 2004, Willy made a home in a box near the train station. He is still on the street. He can hear the trains pass underneath him.
Brooklyn has lived in the tunnel for more then twenty years. She found her home by following a pack of feral cats.
Brooklyn has lived in the tunnel for more then twenty years. She found her home by following a pack of feral cats.
After moving into assisted housing Brooklyn found it hard to leave her cats behind. She comes to the tunnel daily to clean up and to reassure her pets.
After moving into assisted housing Brooklyn found it hard to leave her cats behind. She comes to the tunnel daily to clean up and to reassure her pets.
Geo takes a "homeless shower"
Geo takes a "homeless shower"
Snow White helps Krissy who is sick with a life threatening illness, to dress. A drug dealer hit her when she tried to intervene in an argument.
Snow White helps Krissy who is sick with a life threatening illness, to dress. A drug dealer hit her when she tried to intervene in an argument.
Chuck visits his first home in the tunnel to see if anyone is staying there. He tells one resident that the police are threatening an eviction.
Chuck visits his first home in the tunnel to see if anyone is staying there. He tells one resident that the police are threatening an eviction.
Country in his home in a derelict sanitation facility known as the White House.
Country in his home in a derelict sanitation facility known as the White House.
Chuck is having a difficult time adjusting to shelter life. His caseworkers want him to find a job but he is having several health and mental health issues that make finding and holding on to a job difficult. He spends his time soliciting money on the streets, doing odd jobs for various building Superintendents or lying in bed.
Chuck is having a difficult time adjusting to shelter life. His caseworkers want him to find a job but he is having several health and mental health issues that make finding and holding on to a job difficult. He spends his time soliciting money on the streets, doing odd jobs for various building Superintendents or lying in bed.