The shantytowns of America: Inside the shacks, cars, tents and boxes that America’s homeless call home…(While We House Migrants And Illegals!!)
Mary Lou Uttermohlen captured these captivating images of homeless people across the United States
Her ongoing documentary series, Structure Out of Chaos, shows how the homeless built shantytowns
The series began in 1993 in Miami, Florida, and ended up in New Orleans when Uttermohlen moved there
28 December 2016
From Florida to Louisiana, one photographer has captured these captivating images of homeless people across the United States.
Mary Lou Uttermohlen’s ongoing documentary project, Structure Out of Chaos, shows how the homeless have organized their lives by building shantytowns.
Uttermohlen told Feature Shoot that the seri’At the time the city was being sued for arresting homeless people prior to public events.
‘During the federal court case a judge ruled that “safe zones” must be established where people could eat, sleep and bath in public without fear of arrest until services could be offered to them,’ she said.
Uttermohlen said that as a result of the ruling ‘shantytowns sprung up all over Miami and across the country’.
There are an estimated 1,200 people living in shantytowns in Miami.
She said that in order to take the portraits she had to ‘build relationships and abide by the requests of the community’, because a lot of people didn’t want to be photographed.