The homeless crisis in London is steady increasing, with cuts to funding and employment opportunities, many are left distressed and hopeless. The MyLondon project seeks to highlight these issues and give these people a voice to express and empower themselves accordingly. We connect people through photography and narratives to show that homelessness can affect many people and everyone has a different story.
MYLONDON aims to:
Creating a safe and social environment where participants feel comfortable and confident to artistically express themselves.
Provide part-time income for photographers and other vendors through the sale of the calendar.
Empower all those involved, including the top 20 winning images and 13 winning photographers, featured in the calendar.
Inspire people affected by homelessness across London to create sustainable change in their lives through confidence building, learning new skills and social inclusion.
Increase understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness in a positive way.
What is MYLONDON?
The annual MyLondon Photo Project is the main project run by Cafe Art and has been held every year since 2013.
Every year 100 Fujifilm Quicksnap one-time-use cameras are handed out at St Paul's Cathedral to people who have experienced homelessness.
The participants are contacted through homelessness-sector organisations, including Crisis, St Mungo's, 240 Project, The Connection at St Martin's in the Field, Art Fitzrovia and more.
This year the cameras were handed out at St Paul's Cathedral in the Wren Suite in early May. The participants had seven days to take photos of London.
At the end of May 2019 all participants picked up their photos from St Paul's Cathedral and were offered the chance to choose three photos for the exhibition. The exhibition was held alongside several artists paintings, in Spitalfields Arts Market, London in September, when the calendar started selling.
Thirteen photos from the project feature in the 2020 MyLondon calendar.
Photos sold by Cafe Art earn money for the photographers and calendars sold earn money for vendors who have experienced homelessness, many of them who are photographers in the project.
We are supported in kind by The RPS, FujiFilm, Jessops and endorsed by Homeless Link, the umbrella only, the project is self-funding from calendar sales, and receives no government money.
MyLondon is a quality product - a real art calendar, with FSC certified paper and designed for free by top London graphic firm, Carter Wong Design.
The calendar was produced by PrintHouse Corporation, a London firm. This will support the local economy and will also reduce the environmental impact caused by shipping product from an overseas printer.
2020 MYLONDON calendar official promotional video:
"Café Art has brought photography and the homeless together in a ground-breaking initiative that is bringing real benefit to those participating. The calendar itself brings direct support but, equally important, is the raising of self-esteem and confidence for those taking part. It is a small project but it is making a big difference."
Dr M Pritchard, Chief Executive,
The Royal Photographic Society
MyBudapest Photo Project joined the MyWorld group of photo projects in 2016. The project is run in Hungary by Budapest Bike Maffia.
Budapest Bike Maffia is one of the fastest-growing Hungarian non-profit organisations, brought into being on Christmas Eve 2011 by a group of young cyclists. They aim to make a difference by helping those in need in an innovative way. They place emphasis on empathic behaviour to create a more
MyBudapest project coordinators Zsuzska Molnar and Bernadett Fekete would like to draw attention to the problem of homeless people with art. The long term purpose of the initiative is to integrate marginalised people and help
their social reintegration.
MinhaSão Paulo Paul Ryan from MyLondon ran this project in São Paulo in November 2015. The project was initially a one-off pilot as part of an exchange between arts-based enterprises. Organized by With One Voice with the People’s Palace Projects, as a pilot it was a success in many ways, including the photography contest and the media attention it received. The MinhaSão Paulo calendar was sold by the participants of the project and Café Art in London also sold 120 calendars. Café Art does not have a permanent base in Brazil (yet!) but we do have a great website which was created for us for the project. It might give other projects an idea about how to promote a project. See the Café Art MinhaSão Paulo website here. Cilque qui por leia mais. If you would like to contact us about supporting MyLondon or setting up your own single-use camera photography project please contact us at
MyNew Orleans Photo Project has been happening sine 2016. They have connected with the New Orleans Photography Alliance and in early April 2016 went to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference in the University of California in Berkeley California. The meeting brought together more than 1,200 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health and they used the photography project with people affected by homelessness in New Orleans as their proposed project idea.
MySydney Michael Allwright contacted Café Art in September 2015 and by November MySydney was a reality. Michael and Sophie Smit partnered with the Wayside Chapel, a centre focused on the connection between homeless people and the wider community, handed out cameras and produced the MySydney calendar in November. In December MySydney had a feature article on ABC and the Daily Telegraph.
Run by local volunteer Lucy Grounewoud, last year the exhibition had 146 photos taken by people who are currently homeless or had recently been homeless. One hundred single-use Fujifilm Quicksnap cameras were handed out last year in late June and early July.
Based on the MyLondon project, the 2019 MYBRIGHTON & HOVE calendar was launched on Wednesday 10 October 2018, World Homeless Day.