Photographer Lee Jeffries’ life changed after a chance encounter with a young homeless girl on a London street. Instead of simply stealing a photograph and leaving, Jeffries took the time to talk to this girl; their encounter, and the resulting photograph, would shift the focus of his creative photographic endeavors forever. Now committed to documenting the problem of homelessness around the globe and improving the plight of those who suffer the most in this time of immense wealth disparity, Jeffries’ photographs are gritty, raw, and honest.
[quote] Situations arose, and I made an effort to learn to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait.” [/quote]
Currently living in Manchester, UK, Jeffries boasts a distinguished portfolio and thriving Flickr account that include a stunning selection of black-and-white images from a cross-section of humanity. His series of portraits of Olympians from the 1948 Games counts among its subjects Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. Via Empty Kingdom.