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“I lost almost everything I had, so I will not give up”: how does a homeless photojournalist with 16 years of experience

Ed Gold

Ed Gold (Ed Gold) spent almost two decades, doing photojournalism. For the sake of work, he visited the most remote points on the map, his pictures were published more than once by the BBC, but despite his professional recognition, Gold has for a long time actually remained homeless.

He started taking photographs at the age of 8 when his father gave him the Ilford Sporti camera. For a long time, photography remained his hobby, including the period of training for a graphic designer. During his studies in 1998, Gold discovered that he could not afford a rent, and it was not possible to combine training with work because of a time deficit. So he became homeless and began spending nights in underground parking lots and in friends’ homes.

After graduation, Gold concentrated on photography, documenting the lives of people in rural areas in the north of British Essex and at the same time moonlighting to have a roof over his head.

In 2002, he resigned from another work, left the rented apartment and went on a trip to the UK on a motorcycle, documenting aspects of old-fashioned life in the province. Since then, he traveled around the world, taking pictures of different cultures.

Photojournalism is why I am here, this is my vocation. I have been doing this for 16 years and I will never do anything else, so I can only continue.

It took 10 years to properly settle in this profession, I put all my time in it and sacrificed everything for the sake of work. I lost my family, my home and almost everything I had, so I will never give up.

Ed Gold
photographer

Gold admits that his payment for his work is barely enough to make ends meet, and to get settled on a permanent basis in a specialized agency he does not work.

The most that I could earn in a news article, so far was only $ 700, and usually it’s about 10% of my total travel expenses.

Ed Gold
photographer

Most often he has to look for some kind of work in the location where he shoots – for example, in Australia, the photographer painted houses to have something to pay for food and shelter. He also had to earn extra money by welding and cutting trees.

The photographer believes that the widespread distribution of smartphones with cameras depreciates the work of professional photographers, and the skill base has lost its significance.

In this case, Gold himself is confident in the importance of his work. He claims that photographing residents of remote villages around the world, he “gives voice to people who usually do not have a voice.”

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