Panel discussion: Photography and Homelessness. Participants will include photographers Patti Gower, Goran Petkovski and Ryan Carter, and former Tent City residents Boni and Marty Lang. May 3 at 7pm in the Music Room, Hart House, U of T.
David Barker Maltby’s photographs illustrate the ofteninvisible existence of those excluded from the promises of global culture – the homeless. Unable or unwilling to conform to its codes, they form urban communities scavenged from the garbage of consumer society and based on shared needs for sustenance, security and companionship. Many come to large cities from declining towns to find social safety nets dismantled, becoming the human cost of government policies prioritizing “fiscal responsibility.” As a documentary photographer, equally dedicated to social activist ideals, Maltby worked with his subjects over periods of months or years, sharing the same living conditions and following the same difficult struggle of their daily routine. Overall, his work portrays a complex shadow world with its own social structure, based as much on values of compassion and caring as on the negative qualities with which it is often associated. David Barker Maltby died at the age of 38 from meningitis.