Starving Artists project hopes to raise awareness for a good cause.

The Starving Artists sheds a new light on homeless signs and represents them as handmade pieces of artwork that convey a powerful human expression. The art project brings attention to these “artists” who are holding the signs and the messages they are sending.

The project was founded by Thompson Harrell and Nick Zafonte. It debuted this month at the Dumbo Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York. It showcases 35 handwritten signs, accompanied by portraits of the 30 artists who wrote them.

The portraits were photographed by Andrew Zuckerman, who is known for his hyper-realistic photos set against stark white background. Zuckerman has previously photographed renowned celebrities, creatives, and politicians, including Frank Gehry, Clint Eastwood, Desmond Tutu, and Herbie Hancock.

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