Horia Manolache, a San Francisco-based photographer, connected with homeless people, learned their stories, and shot two portraits of each of them: the first shows them as they are now, and the second portrait shows them in the life or career they had once dreamed about.
Inspired by Mark Twain’s homonym novel, Manolache’s latest project The Prince and the Paupershows homeless people as they are and as they’d once dreamed to become.
He wants to show in his book that just like anyone else, people living on the streets have dreams and aspirations.
After meeting his subjects and getting to know them, Manolache invited them to a portrait session in a studio set up in a hotel room.
His wife assisted him on the shoots, helping with haircuts and make up while he found the costumes.
Usually, the preparations for each person lasted one week, but there were times when it happened to last three weeks, depending on how fast he was able to find the people that he arranged to met for the shooting.