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‘The Bronx felt like home to me because the people I photographed took me into their hearts and made me family. When you are family, a place can still be dangerous at times but it is home.’ It’s this discrepancy between violence and poverty on one side, family and belonging on the other, that are so perfectly captured in photographer Stephen Shames stunning series Bronx Boys, where he befriended and documented the inhabitants of one of the poorest areas in the US with a raw and touching honesty. The series was recently published as a book and you can find a short interview with Shames over at It’s Nice That.

Photography by Stephen Shames