The Faces of Seattle Homelessness Will Be Displayed Across the City This Weekend

Renowned photographer Lee Jeffries teamed up with Seattle's Union Gospel Mission for a powerful exhibit.

By Megan Toal


November 3, 2017

On street corners, beside stores and at bus stops, it seems as if Seattleites try their best to avoid the cardboard signs, hunched down bodies and peering eyes of our city’s homeless population. Every face is different, but the “face” of homelessness in Seattle blurs together as one big societal issue.

Earlier this year, British photographer Lee Jeffries came to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission in Pioneer Square to take portraits of the people it shelters. This weekend Jeffries returns to showcase his work in an exhibit that disentangles the faces of Seattle’s homeless, presenting each person as an individual worthy of dignity, respect, and of course, a place to call home.

Dubbed “Lost Angels,” the mobile art installation will be displayed Friday and Saturday on street corners throughout the downtown area. Each presentation consists of up-close photographs of people who live outside, projected upon downtown buildings and accompanied by facts and figures about homelessness. The presentations last about 10 minutes and replay three times at each location. Check out some of Jeffries’ photos above and see the full schedule of his mobile exhibit below.

Friday, November 3

7-7:30 p.m. at 3rd and Virginia
8:15-8:45 p.m. at 5th and Spring
9:15-10 p.m. at Boren and Pike

Saturday, November 4

7-7:30 p.m. Columbia and Alaskan Way
8:15-8:45 p.m. 3rd and Union
9:15-10 p.m. Denny and Aurora


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