Marcus and his dog, Pickles, were homeless. They lived on the streets and spent much of their days in the Skid Row district in the City of Los Angeles. This is a very tough part of town, and most people here have very little hope.
Marcus and his dog met on the streets and became best friends. They were inseparable.
Marcus eventually got his life back in order, thanks to his grit and perseverance. He found a house to live in. He insisted his best friend dog had to come with him.
But there was just one problem. The one room home he moved into had very little space. It wasn’t much bigger than a closet. It appeared that the dog would have to be homeless for a little while longer.
This was not acceptable to Marcus. He was not going to leave his dog outside on the streets.
So he picked up his mattress and leaned it up against the wall so there would be enough room for the dog.
John Hwang is a photographer who takes pictures on Skid Row. He and Marcus had become friends over the years. He came over to see Marcus’ new house.
John was so amazed at what he saw, he felt he had no choice but to document Marcus’ story in pictures.
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