Sunny Miller's Portraits of Philadelphia's Homeless Inspire Goodwill Efforts Across the Country

When King of Prussia’s Sunny Miller began photographing the men and women living on Philadelphia’s streets, he didn’t know what to expect, but he knew he wanted to help. Here are nine stories of perseverance and survival that stayed with him.

Sunny Miller

The project started while I was working on a series of landscapes in Philly. While I was grabbing some lunch, a young manasked me if I’d give him money. I explained that I was a photographer and asked if he’d pose for me. While I was snapping away, he told me his story. After that, I was compelled to do more.

“Many of those I shot are gripped by unbearable addiction, loss of family and mental illness. I share their photos through social media, with each person’s stated needs. It’s amazing to see the responses to an image; people from around the country have sent items. When I receive them, I pass them along to the person, along with a print of their image. I may not be solving their larger problems, but I hope I show them that there are people who hear and see their stories, and want to help.”

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