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Homeless given 100 cameras to capture London

A hundred homeless people were handed disposable cameras to capture life on the streets of London.

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The photos taken over five days in June show Londoners watching the World Cup and making most of the scorching weather in the capital.

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They were taken for annual MyLondon project which has now similar schemes to help homeless people in other cities.

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More than 200 pictures will go on sale at an exhibition in Spitalfields Arts market.

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The public will vote for which of 20 of the best photographs make it into next year's MyLondon calendar which will then be sold by rough sleepers looking for work.

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This year's participants have earned more than £150,000 from selling their photos to the project and copies of last year's MyLondon calendar.

Dr Michael Pritchard, executive director of The Royal Photographic Society, has supported the project which has been run by social enterprise Cafe Art since it started in 2013.

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The project has been very successful in helping give participants a sense of self worth by giving them confidence they are able to go further.

There's a range of photographers - some people are still sleeping rough, others are in hostels and others have been rehoused.

It's a simple project - we produced a calendar and it sells like the Big Issue with the money from it funding the project.

It gives people self-esteem so they can go ahead with their lives - being homeless is something that is stressful and people lose confidence so this is a way of getting it back but it's also that they can earn money for their creativity.

– Paul Ryan, Cafe Art Director
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This year we helped set up MyBrighton & Hove and their calendar will launch at the same time as our one in October.

The exhibition runs from Monday 30 July to Sunday 5 August in Spitalfields Arts Market from 10am to 5pm.

The market is also providing space for artists who have been homeless and they are being mentored by regular market traders next week.

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