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This Photographer Puts Homeless People Next To Their Dreams
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Published: Aug 22, 2016

Horia Manolache, a San Francisco-based photographer, connected with homeless people, learned their stories, and shot two portraits of each of them: the first shows them as they are now, and the second portrait shows them in the life or career they had once dreamed about.

Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache

Inspired by Mark Twain’s homonym novel, Manolache’s latest project The Prince and the Pauper shows homeless people as they are and as they’d once dreamed to become.

Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache

He wants to show in his book that just like anyone else, people living on the streets have dreams and aspirations.

Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache

After meeting his subjects and getting to know them, Manolache invited them to a portrait session in a studio set up in a hotel room.

Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache

His wife assisted him on the shoots, helping with haircuts and make up while he found the costumes.

Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache

Usually, the preparations for each person lasted one week, but there were times when it happened to last three weeks, depending on how fast he was able to find the people that he arranged to met for the shooting.

Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache
Photo: Horia Manolache

Manolache’s currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds from anyone interested in supporting the project and obtaining a copy of the book.