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Evidence of Habitation - Living Rough in Edmonton, Canada

  • Prize
    Winner in State of the World/Social documentary
  • Photographer
    Pieter de Vos

This photo-series explores informal housing and homelessness in Edmonton, Alberta. It documents the signs of individuals as they seek refuge in the interstitial spaces of the city — in wooded areas, ravines, alleyways, and under bridges across the four seasons. By revealing the mundane details of life, the photos challenge the “otherness” that accompanies the discourse on homelessness.

According to the Homeward Trust, there are 1,443 people experiencing chronic homelessness in Edmonton. Of those, 337 are sleeping outside in temperatures ranging from -30 C in winter to +35 C in summertime.

Pieter de Vos is a documentary photographer, facilitator, and engaged academic. He has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Alberta. He has explored social issues such as poverty, social inclusion, and HIV/AIDS. His photos have been exhibited throughout Canada and have been featured by such media as Photo District News, the Globe and Mail, Photo Life Magazine, Alberta Views Magazine, the Edmonton Journal, and CBC Television.

In 2012 (ongoing), he initiated a photographic and narrative exploration of place-making and spatial justice in an informal settlement in Pretoria, South Africa.

Awards * PX3 2018 - Bronze Winner - Culture Category
* PX3 2018 - Bronze Winner - Abstract Category
* PX3 2018 - Honorable Mention
* PX3 2018 - Honorable Mention

National Pictures of the Year Awards Competition 2017 (NPAC)
Photo District News (PDN) Photo Annual 2018
Siena International Photo Award 2018
Tokyo International Foto Awards 2018