This is Gypsey. She nurtured a patch of neglected urban land. She made a garden. One day the council decided she wasn’t allowed to be there.
In 2002 Anthony Luvera began to produce a remarkable body of work with the collaboration of numerous homeless people in London. They were each invited to take a camera and photograph whatever they wanted. With the permission of the individuals to use these images, alongside a number of assisted self portraits, Luvera has authored and co-produced something quite unique.
He seems to be a man of integrity, sensibility, and takes seriously the responsibility of using pictures other people have taken. He also writes on photography really well.
I interviewed Anthony Luvera on Friday for the Falmouth Photography Exhibition Catalogue 2009. Good stuff.