"Sidewalk stories"
For five years, photographer Salvo Galano visited a park near the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in New York. Since its foundation in 1982 tens of thousands of homeless men, women, and children have been gathering daily for a hot meal, friendship, and guidance. Galano set up a makeshift studio with a simple burlap backdrop nailed on a wall and photographed the fascinating characters he encountered, documenting their stories of love, loss, and survival.

Sidewalk Stories, Galano's moving testimony to the power of the human spirit, showcases some of New York City's most remarkable individuals - the homeless - and their integrity and courage despite the stigma of homelessness. Accompanied by mind-boggling statistics Sidewalk Stories illustrate that homelessness could happen to anyone of us: Naval Academy cadets, policemen, performers, inventors, grandmothers, families, the disabled ...But as Galano writes, "Homeless does not necessarily mean hopeless."


Video-portraits
Several video interviews of ex-homeless or currently homeless men and women telling us their life stories. The goal is to create a direct relationship with the homeless, to make us face their lives and problems, to provide an honest look and make us see them for who they truly are: ordinary people with "extraordinary" problems. Most of us never talk to homeless people. It is an experience we avoid because we are scared, insulated, or simply more preoccupied with our personal issues. With these interviews, we simply want to create the feeling of a conversation with a friend.


Installations
Several models of cardboard houses were installed in the top touristic spots around the cities where the project takes or has taken place.

Homeless shelters are usually hidden, invisible, "too ugly" for  our "beautiful" cities. Here,  they are "a piece of design", ready-made object, with "a perfect address in town centre", with the best view...

Videos show how shelters were installed, how they were moved around, how people reacted to them, always presenting a 'real' situation (such as lunch with a friend, business meeting etc.). The installations always have written headlines, like real estate ads (e.g. Nice studio with a beautiful view will be the headline for the basic model of the card-board house installed at the Trocadero looking onto the Eiffel Tower).

Models of houses