Robert Boettcher
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In 2008 a job layoff combined with a family dispute resulted in Robert being forced to leave his home with very few possessions. Later his van was stolen, and he lost tools and almost everything else he owned. He soon became very knowledgeable about living on the streets and about the hazards and benefits of the shelter system in the downtown area. In May, 2010 he joined the tent community known as Hopeville.
In September 2010, Robert was given a digital camera by Inside Dharma, and asked to provide photographs for a website about Hopeville. This project came together quickly, but he didn’t stop taking pictures. Every week he would turn in images of a downtown St. Louis that most people will never see.

Inside Dharma is a Buddhist outreach program that provides assistance prison inmates, parolees, and to the St. Louis homeless community. The organization is now promoting his work. Two one-person exhibits and several group shows have resulted, including an Art St. Louis Award of Excellence and Best in Show, University City Photography Exhibit.
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At 12:11pm on September 15, 2014, Robert Boettcher said…

Robert Boettcher, Homeless Man Once Accused of Murder ...

Robert Boettcher, Homeless Man Once Accused of Murder, Wins University City Photo Award

May 21, 2013 · Robert Boettcher, a 53-year-old homeless man in St. Louis, was recently released from prison after spending nearly two years behind …


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