David Blumenkrantz has spent his career chronicling and advocating for homeless and marginalized populations in the U.S. and Africa. Now, as a professor at California State University, Northridge, Blumenkrantz is teaching students how to use art to support social change through a new class on advocacy journalism. Spotlight recently spoke with Blumenkrantz to discuss his work (including a recent show “One of Us” that provides homeless individuals a platform to tell their own story), teaching, and advice for other visual storytellers. This conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
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