Wake Up: Portraits of Homeless New York by Alan Emmins


When Alan Emmins met a homeless French girl dancing on a makeshift dance floor in the Freedom Tunnel, she challenged him to try homelessness himself to better understand what he was writing about. He took up the challenge.


Alan spent 31 days living homeless in New York to capture portraits of a society full of surprises. The people he met were many and varied. Whether happy or angry,

suspicious or protective, or just enjoying some company, their openness and generosity cast a beautiful light on an otherwise dark world.


WAKE UP is a humorous, tender and tragic portrait of an invisible New York City.