Scott Nava

“SRO (Single Room Occupancy Hotel in Chicago) The North,” digital inkjet prints

My project focuses on the oldest “men’s only” transient hotel in Chicago. This hotel has become a last resort for de-institutionalized, ex-offender, or simply marginal, men. Life below the poverty line has become America’s forgotten problem. These men represent a class that most Americans find less than attractive, because “it shouldn’t exist,” but it does. It is my goal as a photographer to give voice to the countless under-represented men, women and children in America, in hopes of expanding ones perceptions of the “Underclass.”