Lee Jeffries | Faces of the Unknown

Manchester born photographer Lee Jeffries has marveled professional photographers, amateurs and passers-by with his honest, compelling and raw portraiture. His strength not only lies in his use of stark contrasts but in capturing the humanity of his subject.

A chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London changed his artistic approach forever. Jeffries recalls that, initially, he had stolen a photo from this young homeless girl huddled in a sleeping bag. He knew that the young girl had noticed him but his initial reaction was to walk away. However, against all his urges he decided to stay and strike up a conversation with the homeless girl.

His perception about the homeless completely changed at that point, they became the subject of his art. All the models featured in his photographs are people that he met in his journey across Europe and the U.S.


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