Using A Camera To Help The Homeless and Change The World

While I was sitting down the other night relaxing with the Sunday Night News on in the background, they came to this story of a local who is changing the world by telling the stories of homeless men, women, and families with his camera and website. Mark Horvath, who worked for years behind the camera in television and was homeless himself for some time started a non-profit and website called that has video interviews on the street with the homeless people he is trying to help.  Mark travels all over the place from his home base of Hollywood to Oregon, Las Vegas, and Arkansas interviewing the people he meets.

 These are the real people, telling their own, very real stories… unedited, uncensored and raw.


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This particular non-profit is a little different than the traditional model, and he does not ask for money up front, but instead encourages the public to pay attention, donate, and help each other.   The video interviews are Raw, Unedited, and sometimes emotionally intense.  In the particular news story, Mark is now shooting with a Panasonic Lumix GH2 and shotgun microphone.   This set-up is perfect for street walking and the quality of his interviews are great.




This is a perfect example of projects you can do as a photographer that are self rewarding.  What projects have you been working on?   Comment below and let us know what possibilities has being a photographer opened up for you?



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About Steve Lynch

Steve Lynch is a Commercial Photographer working out of Los Angeles. After returning to professional photography from a year long absence he has made the decision to move away from the heavy DSLR and go completely mirrorless. As a single father of two, making this transition while keeping within a reasonable budget has been one of his greatest goals. Steve has a strong background in the entertainment industry and has been educated in Television Production & Engineering as well as being a musician and an avid technology geek. He has also worked as a photojournalist and Editor of a local online entertainment magazine. You can find him and some of his professional work over at his site

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2 Responses to Using A Camera To Help The Homeless and Change The World

  1. hardlynormal April 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Thank you for the blog love and helping to share the message

  2. americanadventure April 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Thanks for this! I’m in production on a documentary that follows the life of a homeless man here in Portland, OR. He’s been through hell and back over the past 12 years on the streets trying to recover from childhood trauma. His constant positive attitude and outlook on life and the goodness within people amazes and inspires me every day we film. He keeps us reminded that despite our circumstances, we’re ultimately all in this together.

    There’s a teaser video up at that gives a glimpse into John’s life.

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