Saturday, July 24, 2010

A man called Soupy


I'm reading abook by Chris Bohjalian called The Double Bind. It's a fictitious story with fictitious characters, but what made me take the book home were the gorgeous back and white photos taken by a real person who inspired the concept behind the book.


The photographs were taken by a (real) once homeless man named Bob "Soupy" Campbell, and were found by a temporary shelter's social worker after his death.


The mystery of how a man could go from photographing famous musicians, comedians, actors and news-makers to being down and out inspired Bohjalian to tell a tale that takes us out of our normal stereotypes and causes us to look more closely at a life behind a life.



Read more about Soupy here, and see more of his photos here.







2 comments:

Joy said...

Just wanted you to know that both those links are dead for some reason.

Amanda Conley said...

Thanks for the heads up, Joy. I think that is probably because I published this article 4 and 1/2 years ago.