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Poverty in Los Angeles

© Lauren Greenfield

John O'Donnell and Carolyn Beiber were a homeless couple with a passionate love life. Living next to an affluent shopping area near the ocean, they eked out their existence though the plentiful leftovers of an extravagantly wasteful consumer society.
Surviving on the streets together for years, John and Carolyn cared for each other with compassion and love. Carolyn had untreated epilepsy and John held her during her attacks. when these photographs were taken, Carolyn had not gotten her menstrual cycle for 4 1/2 months and realized that she must be pregnant. Two days later, her body weakened by alcoholism and pregnancy, Carolyn had a seizure and died in John's arms next to the dumpster they called home.

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