Levon
Levon

Fifth Street, East Austin, Texas.

Edward
Edward

Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin portrait: Mjumbe
Downtown Austin portrait: Mjumbe

The works of gifted artist Mjumbe (Benny Sorrells) may be seen via Art from the Streets (www.artfromthestreets.org), a free and open studio in Austin, Texas, that serves the homeless community.

 Lee, Aug. 24, 2018, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

Lee, Aug. 24, 2018, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

 Marcus Wilson, a 19-year-old student at Austin Community College, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

Marcus Wilson, a 19-year-old student at Austin Community College, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

 Aug. 22, 2018, portrait of David Watkins on South Congress Avenue. David is living on the streets of Austin, Texas.

Aug. 22, 2018, portrait of David Watkins on South Congress Avenue. David is living on the streets of Austin, Texas.

Seventh Street portrait
Seventh Street portrait

Daniel Berringer, near downtown Austin, Texas. I met Daniel on a Thursday evening on Seventh Street, just east of Interstate 35. We talked for a while, and Daniel filled in a few details of his life: As a younger man, he worked for a time as an assistant manager at a computer supply warehouse. Now homeless and subsistent on disability checks, he’s living on Austin’s streets. He’ll turn 61 on July 12 — or, as he prefers to see it, 16, with the numbers transposed.

Sixth Street portrait: Grant
Sixth Street portrait: Grant
Sixth Street portrait: Johnny Rivera
Sixth Street portrait: Johnny Rivera

Johnny Rivera, a longtime fixture on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas, sits outside Esther's Follies where he regularly helps shepherd traffic past the comedy club's signature sidewalk window.

David: May 2017, Congress Avenue, Austin
David: May 2017, Congress Avenue, Austin
Man and motorcycle
Man and motorcycle

Nowhere is the relationship between man (and woman) and machine more poignant than during the annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally, which brings thousands of motorcyclists to Austin.

snow cones.jpg
Congress Avenue portrait
Congress Avenue portrait

Running Wolf with his dog, Spade.

RL-2.jpg
Congress Avenue portrait
Congress Avenue portrait

Running Wolf with his dog, Spade.

Street performer
Street performer

Sideshow performer Juan G. Martinez, South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait

Shirley, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Parris
Parris

Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin portrait
Downtown Austin portrait

Will, at Sixth Street and Interstate 35 frontage road in Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin portrait
Downtown Austin portrait

Manson Alexander, downtown Austin, Texas, Seventh Street and Interstate 35 bridge

Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait

Robert, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
It is loud mama.jpg
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Alfredo Lopez
Alfredo Lopez

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Austin Payton
Austin Payton

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Austin Payton
Austin Payton

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Rebecca Tasker and Michael Elwell
Rebecca Tasker and Michael Elwell

Pedicab drivers, Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait

Richard, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait

Robert, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Johnny Hardwick, the voice of conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble on the cartoon comedy “King of the Hill.”

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Trumpet player Dionisio Robinson

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Trumpet player Dionisio Robinson

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Johnny Hardwick, the voice of conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble on the cartoon comedy “King of the Hill.”

South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Soco Joe on Elizabeth Street

   
  
 
  
    
  
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  SÍGNY performs a sublime version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” during the Pecan Street Festival in downtown Austin.

SÍGNY performs a sublime version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” during the Pecan Street Festival in downtown Austin.

David: February 2016, Congress Avenue, Austin
David: February 2016, Congress Avenue, Austin
J.P.: Sixth Street, Austin
J.P.: Sixth Street, Austin
SoCo Joe
SoCo Joe

SoCo Joe, who is homeless, is a permanent, beloved fixture in the South Congress Avenue District in Austin, Texas. Two years ago, Joe was hit by a car and suffered extensive injuries, including a broken hip for which he underwent surgery. He ambles along with the help of a wheelchair that serves the dual purpose of carrying his possessions and providing balance as he walks.

I first met Joe in December 2016, on Annie Street just off South Congress Avenue (SoCo). As we were chatting, a neighbor spotted us and shouted out, “Joe, you’re a celebrity!”

A quiet New Year's Eve
A quiet New Year's Eve

As crowds of people walk past, a boy and his dog seem lost in their thoughts on New Year's Eve on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

“Auld Lang Syne”
“Auld Lang Syne”

A street musician named Smoky reflects on his harmonica-playing career that has spanned 4 1/2 decades. Smoky played for crowds of people strolling South Congress Avenue on New Year's Eve 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Sixth Street portrait: bundled up on a cold December day
Sixth Street portrait: bundled up on a cold December day
Downtown Austin portrait: Brian
Downtown Austin portrait: Brian

Brian, a young homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, struggled to stay warm during a cold front that brought freezing temperatures to the capital city shortly before Christmas.

Sixth Street portrait: a cigarette against the cold
Sixth Street portrait: a cigarette against the cold
 I met Caster, a homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, on a bitterly cold December afternoon near Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. Just a few days earlier, I had met Caster's dog, Daria, and Caster's wife, a woman named Cat.

I met Caster, a homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, on a bitterly cold December afternoon near Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. Just a few days earlier, I had met Caster's dog, Daria, and Caster's wife, a woman named Cat.

Sixth Street portrait: Cat with her dog Daria
Sixth Street portrait: Cat with her dog Daria

I met Cat, a homeless woman living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, in mid-December. Cat's dog, Daria, sat quietly in Cat's lap, watching human and vehicular traffic pass by on Sixth Street as Cat and I talked.

Downtown Austin portrait: Skateboarder Brandon Cole
Downtown Austin portrait: Skateboarder Brandon Cole
Trumpet player.jpg
Sixth Street portrait: Jason
Sixth Street portrait: Jason
RL3-2.jpg
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Happy stranger.jpg
Jerome.jpg
Nail gun man.jpg
need for weed.jpg
Jimmy.jpg
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the bar scene.jpg
the cross.jpg
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Trumpet man.jpg
Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait

Adam, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

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Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait

Edward, Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Merry Christmas from a cowboy Santa
Merry Christmas from a cowboy Santa

Wendy Nghixulifwa, an international student at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, poses for a photo with Santa: cowboy Samuel Grey Horse. Santa and his trusty steed, Mula, posed for photo after photo on Dec. 22, 2016, just south of the Texas Capitol before heading downtown on Congress Avenue.

Here comes Santa Claus ...
Here comes Santa Claus ...

Santa Claus, a cowboy named Samuel Grey Horse, rides his beloved Mula down Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas, on Dec. 22, 2016.

ROT Rally 2017
ROT Rally 2017

Sixth Street portrait: Shirley

Santa Claus crosses Congress Avenue
Santa Claus crosses Congress Avenue

Santa and Mula gallop away from the Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Photo op with Santa
Photo op with Santa

There were smiles and photo ops galore on Dec. 22, 2016, as Santa and Mula clip-clopped their way down Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Santa in rush-hour traffic
Santa in rush-hour traffic

Santa and Mula reach the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin during rush-hour traffic.

Santa on the bridge
Santa on the bridge

As traffic zips by, Santa and Mula pose for a classic Austin shot on the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.

Good night, Santa
Good night, Santa

Their work of good cheer done for the day, Santa and Mula head for home.

Nail Gun Man
Nail Gun Man

In June 2016, near dusk, I came upon this worker at the corner of South Congress Avenue and Annie Street near downtown Austin. He took a few minutes away from his precision nail-gun work on what would soon be a new restaurant to strike this most regal pose — the stature of a hard-working man.

The purest of sounds
The purest of sounds

On many an evening on South Congress Avenue, tourists can hear the elegant trumpet notes played by Dionisio Robinson.

“I sing a melody with the trumpet to slide the notes,” Robinson says. “I'm not fighting with the instrument.”

Levon
Edward
Downtown Austin portrait: Mjumbe
 Lee, Aug. 24, 2018, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.
 Marcus Wilson, a 19-year-old student at Austin Community College, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.
 Aug. 22, 2018, portrait of David Watkins on South Congress Avenue. David is living on the streets of Austin, Texas.
Seventh Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait: Grant
Sixth Street portrait: Johnny Rivera
David: May 2017, Congress Avenue, Austin
Man and motorcycle
snow cones.jpg
Congress Avenue portrait
RL-2.jpg
Congress Avenue portrait
Street performer
Sixth Street portrait
Parris
Downtown Austin portrait
Downtown Austin portrait
Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
It is loud mama.jpg
hoops3-2.jpg
hoops2-2.jpg
hoops4.jpg
Alfredo Lopez
Austin Payton
Austin Payton
Rebecca Tasker and Michael Elwell
Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait
Sixth Street portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait
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  SÍGNY performs a sublime version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” during the Pecan Street Festival in downtown Austin.
David: February 2016, Congress Avenue, Austin
J.P.: Sixth Street, Austin
SoCo Joe
A quiet New Year's Eve
“Auld Lang Syne”
Sixth Street portrait: bundled up on a cold December day
Downtown Austin portrait: Brian
Sixth Street portrait: a cigarette against the cold
 I met Caster, a homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, on a bitterly cold December afternoon near Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. Just a few days earlier, I had met Caster's dog, Daria, and Caster's wife, a woman named Cat.
Sixth Street portrait: Cat with her dog Daria
Downtown Austin portrait: Skateboarder Brandon Cole
Trumpet player.jpg
Sixth Street portrait: Jason
RL3-2.jpg
RL4.jpg
bike and cigarette.jpg
Zach.jpg
first bw portrait.jpg
Bible guy.jpg
bus stop couple.jpg
divine appt.jpg
esthers follies.jpg
guy checking phone.jpg
Happy stranger.jpg
Jerome.jpg
Nail gun man.jpg
need for weed.jpg
Jimmy.jpg
letting it hang out.jpg
portrait of glasses.jpg
scrawny woman.jpg
smoking tattoo.jpg
the bar scene.jpg
the cross.jpg
DSCF0212-2.jpg
Trumpet man.jpg
Sixth Street portrait
woman w head down.jpg
Sixth Street portrait
Merry Christmas from a cowboy Santa
Here comes Santa Claus ...
ROT Rally 2017
Santa Claus crosses Congress Avenue
Photo op with Santa
Santa in rush-hour traffic
Santa on the bridge
Good night, Santa
Nail Gun Man
The purest of sounds
Levon

Fifth Street, East Austin, Texas.

Edward

Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin portrait: Mjumbe

The works of gifted artist Mjumbe (Benny Sorrells) may be seen via Art from the Streets (www.artfromthestreets.org), a free and open studio in Austin, Texas, that serves the homeless community.

Lee, Aug. 24, 2018, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

Marcus Wilson, a 19-year-old student at Austin Community College, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas.

Aug. 22, 2018, portrait of David Watkins on South Congress Avenue. David is living on the streets of Austin, Texas.

Seventh Street portrait

Daniel Berringer, near downtown Austin, Texas. I met Daniel on a Thursday evening on Seventh Street, just east of Interstate 35. We talked for a while, and Daniel filled in a few details of his life: As a younger man, he worked for a time as an assistant manager at a computer supply warehouse. Now homeless and subsistent on disability checks, he’s living on Austin’s streets. He’ll turn 61 on July 12 — or, as he prefers to see it, 16, with the numbers transposed.

Sixth Street portrait: Grant
Sixth Street portrait: Johnny Rivera

Johnny Rivera, a longtime fixture on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas, sits outside Esther's Follies where he regularly helps shepherd traffic past the comedy club's signature sidewalk window.

David: May 2017, Congress Avenue, Austin
Man and motorcycle

Nowhere is the relationship between man (and woman) and machine more poignant than during the annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally, which brings thousands of motorcyclists to Austin.

Congress Avenue portrait

Running Wolf with his dog, Spade.

Congress Avenue portrait

Running Wolf with his dog, Spade.

Street performer

Sideshow performer Juan G. Martinez, South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait

Shirley, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Parris

Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin portrait

Will, at Sixth Street and Interstate 35 frontage road in Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin portrait

Manson Alexander, downtown Austin, Texas, Seventh Street and Interstate 35 bridge

Sixth Street portrait

Robert, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street, Austin: Pecan Street Festival
Alfredo Lopez

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Austin Payton

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Austin Payton

Pedicab driver, Austin, Texas

Rebecca Tasker and Michael Elwell

Pedicab drivers, Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait

Richard, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait

Robert, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait
South Congress Avenue portrait

Johnny Hardwick, the voice of conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble on the cartoon comedy “King of the Hill.”

South Congress Avenue portrait

Trumpet player Dionisio Robinson

South Congress Avenue portrait

Trumpet player Dionisio Robinson

South Congress Avenue portrait

Johnny Hardwick, the voice of conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble on the cartoon comedy “King of the Hill.”

South Congress Avenue portrait

Soco Joe on Elizabeth Street

SÍGNY performs a sublime version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” during the Pecan Street Festival in downtown Austin.

David: February 2016, Congress Avenue, Austin
J.P.: Sixth Street, Austin
SoCo Joe

SoCo Joe, who is homeless, is a permanent, beloved fixture in the South Congress Avenue District in Austin, Texas. Two years ago, Joe was hit by a car and suffered extensive injuries, including a broken hip for which he underwent surgery. He ambles along with the help of a wheelchair that serves the dual purpose of carrying his possessions and providing balance as he walks.

I first met Joe in December 2016, on Annie Street just off South Congress Avenue (SoCo). As we were chatting, a neighbor spotted us and shouted out, “Joe, you’re a celebrity!”

A quiet New Year's Eve

As crowds of people walk past, a boy and his dog seem lost in their thoughts on New Year's Eve on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

“Auld Lang Syne”

A street musician named Smoky reflects on his harmonica-playing career that has spanned 4 1/2 decades. Smoky played for crowds of people strolling South Congress Avenue on New Year's Eve 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Sixth Street portrait: bundled up on a cold December day
Downtown Austin portrait: Brian

Brian, a young homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, struggled to stay warm during a cold front that brought freezing temperatures to the capital city shortly before Christmas.

Sixth Street portrait: a cigarette against the cold

I met Caster, a homeless man living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, on a bitterly cold December afternoon near Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. Just a few days earlier, I had met Caster's dog, Daria, and Caster's wife, a woman named Cat.

Sixth Street portrait: Cat with her dog Daria

I met Cat, a homeless woman living on the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, in mid-December. Cat's dog, Daria, sat quietly in Cat's lap, watching human and vehicular traffic pass by on Sixth Street as Cat and I talked.

Downtown Austin portrait: Skateboarder Brandon Cole
Sixth Street portrait: Jason
Sixth Street portrait

Adam, on Sixth Street in Austin, Texas

Sixth Street portrait

Edward, Sixth Street, Austin, Texas

Merry Christmas from a cowboy Santa

Wendy Nghixulifwa, an international student at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, poses for a photo with Santa: cowboy Samuel Grey Horse. Santa and his trusty steed, Mula, posed for photo after photo on Dec. 22, 2016, just south of the Texas Capitol before heading downtown on Congress Avenue.

Here comes Santa Claus ...

Santa Claus, a cowboy named Samuel Grey Horse, rides his beloved Mula down Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, Texas, on Dec. 22, 2016.

ROT Rally 2017

Sixth Street portrait: Shirley

Santa Claus crosses Congress Avenue

Santa and Mula gallop away from the Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Photo op with Santa

There were smiles and photo ops galore on Dec. 22, 2016, as Santa and Mula clip-clopped their way down Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

Santa in rush-hour traffic

Santa and Mula reach the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in downtown Austin during rush-hour traffic.

Santa on the bridge

As traffic zips by, Santa and Mula pose for a classic Austin shot on the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge.

Good night, Santa

Their work of good cheer done for the day, Santa and Mula head for home.

Nail Gun Man

In June 2016, near dusk, I came upon this worker at the corner of South Congress Avenue and Annie Street near downtown Austin. He took a few minutes away from his precision nail-gun work on what would soon be a new restaurant to strike this most regal pose — the stature of a hard-working man.

The purest of sounds

On many an evening on South Congress Avenue, tourists can hear the elegant trumpet notes played by Dionisio Robinson.

“I sing a melody with the trumpet to slide the notes,” Robinson says. “I'm not fighting with the instrument.”

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