Renato Rampolla’s “Dignity No Matter What”
One of my favorite photography projects this year was Renato Rampolla’s “Dignity No Matter What,” which photographed Tampa Bay’s homeless population, and I liked it for several reasons. First, I like that he used his work to help a disadvantaged group of people instead of profiting off them — net proceeds from the book sales went to local homeless charities. He also used his photography to encourage people to be more compassionate to those who have less than them. Third, Rampolla championed ethical photography practices by speaking to his subjects before photographing them. And finally, I love how beautiful these portraits are; the muted colors force you to focus on people’s expression.
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