“Digging beneath the statistics and poverty, Emmins’ is a more than human portrait,” Dazed and Confused
“An absolutely fascinating book, a portrait of life on the streets of New York,” Robert Elms, the BBC
“A book that captured, without drama and urban myth, the reality of life on the streets,” Time Out
“Cutting edge reportage – Alan Emmins sees the world with such a fresh eye,” William Shaw
“Emmins’ portraits are tender and often shake his self-confidence to its core.” the Metro
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Don’t Let the BENCH Bugs Bite is a humorous, tender and tragic portrait of an invisible New York City.
When Alan Emmins interviewed a homeless dancer who was dancing on a makeshift dance floor in the Freedom Tunnel, New York, she challenged him to try homelessness himself to better understand what he was writing about. He took up the challenge.
Alan Emmins spends 31 days living homeless in New York to capture portraits of a society full of surprises. The people he meets are many and varied. But whether happy or angry, suspicious or protective, or just simply enjoying some company, their openness and generosity cast a beautiful light on an otherwise dark world.