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Photography Book Gives Houston’s Homeless a Face — and a Voice

Photographer Ricky Molnar discusses his book, Homeless of Houston.

A man named Alberto photographed by Ricky Molnar for his collection of portraits, Homeless of Houston.

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When you pass a homeless person on the street, it's pretty common to avoid eye contact and just be on your way.

But photographer Ricky Molnar wanted to break that barrier and connect with the street people of Houston. So, he spent part of the summer talking with them over a hamburger, learning their stories, and taking their portraits.

He's assembled his work into a new book called, simply, Homeless of Houston.

In the audio above, he tells Ernie Manouse about the project and how it changed how he viewed Houston's homeless population.

  • A homeless man named Mike photographed by Ricky Molnar for his collection of portraits, Homeless of Houston. (Photo Credit: Ricky Molnar)
    A homeless man named Mike photographed by Ricky Molnar for his collection of portraits, Homeless of Houston. (Photo Credit: Ricky Molnar)
  • An unnamed homeless man photographed by Ricky Molnar for his collection of portraits, Homeless of Houston. (Photo Credit: Ricky Molnar)
    An unnamed homeless man photographed by Ricky Molnar for his collection of portraits, Homeless of Houston. (Photo Credit: Ricky Molnar)
  • A homeless man named Craig photographed by Ricky Molnar for his collection of portraits, Homeless of Houston. (Photo Credit: Ricky Molnar)
    A homeless man named Craig photographed by Ricky Molnar for his collection of portraits, Homeless of Houston. (Photo Credit: Ricky Molnar)