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Beautiful Lives Lost Portrait Project | Charleston Hartfield

Beautiful Lives Lost Portrait Project | Charleston Hartfield

At a loss for what to do after hearing about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, artist Quin Sweetman turned to her art and her artist community to find a way to honor the lives of those who were lost. Together they started the Beautiful […]

Art is My Happy Place

Art is My Happy Place

  

Hispanic Health Projects

Hispanic Health Projects

Hispanic Health Projects/AmeriCorps/Idaho Community Health Corps 2006-2009 Role: Multimedia specialist   Used photographic methods to document programs, created educational materials, recorded and edited medical ethnographic documentaries on diabetes, designed poster illustrations, and I designed and managed their website.    

Operation Love Reunited

Operation Love Reunited

Operation Love Reunited Role: Volunteer Photographer While living in Virginia, I had the honor of volunteering with Operation Love Reunited.  Op Love Reunited is a non-for profit organization offering professional photography sessions to Military members and their families, who are being deployed, already deployed, or coming […]

Healing Hands | Verna

Healing Hands | Verna

Work in Progress: Healing Hands Retired Nurse: Verna Volunteer nurses working with our homeless communities are on the front lines providing for the medical needs of our homeless communities and often times providing the services of a social worker as well. They are our first […]

Finding Home – A Moment In Time

See Video-journalism story: http://www.maryannefunk.com/2016/05/joel-katie-longanecker/

Solidarity

Solidarity

Michael Davis joined in solidarity with housed and unhoused protestors in NW Portland to protest the mistreatment of our homeless community by Elephant Delicatessen’s management team, located on NW 22nd. Photo © June 16, 2016 Mary Anne Funk

Adaptive Bike Clinic

Adaptive Bike Clinic

David Griffiths, right talks with Steve Hoyt-McBeth from PBOT about the hand bike he is about to ride. David is working with others in our community to bring awareness to the need for having adaptive bikes available in the Portland’s bike share program. Adaptive bikes […]

Finding Home: Joel and Katie Longanecker Part 1 of 2

Finding Home: Joel and Katie Longanecker Part 1 of 2

“We know homelessness, we know strife, and we know hopelessness. That is why we are compelled and somewhat obligated to help others in need. That is why our passion lies within helping others. ” Joel Longanecker “We know what it’s like to be housed and have […]

No Cause Eviction: Courtney

No Cause Eviction: Courtney

Courtney was told she has a 60 day no-cause eviction notice. She is working on getting this extended and working through the process to find out what her legal rights are. She was surrounded by friends and supporters at her first court date involving her no-cause eviction.at […]

Community Love

Community Love

Michael is living in poverty, yet he does what he can and uses what little resources he has, to help others. In this photo, Michael is preparing sandwiches for Hazelnut Grove community, a homeless camp in North Portland: Support North Greeley Homeless Camp Michael knows […]

Collaboration

Collaboration

I recently set up my camera and audio gear to record a behind the scenes of myself and Jeremy discussing the song he is going to write, while watching edited clips showcasing the first featured story from Artbeat of the City that I’m making: Artful Journey […]

Finding One’s Voice | Video

Finding One’s Voice | Video

Finding One’s Voice from Mary Anne Funk / Ailgif Studios on Vimeo.

Oregon SOS

Oregon SOS

Activist for human rights, Teressa Raiford is the master of ceremonies at the Oregon SOS rally in Salem, Oregon. Her speeches in between introducing the speakers motivates the crowd and addresses the issues from the day’s topic of discussion. Photo ©2016 | Mary Anne Funk […]

Community Art

Community Art

Rico, along with the other residents of Hazelnut Grove who design a quilt, will have an opportunity to have their quilt showcased in the March “Sharing the Scraps” if chosen by the show’s curator. “Sharing The Scraps” is about the lack of equity in our […]

Hand to Hold – Jeremy Famà

Hand to Hold – Jeremy Famà

Video Recording Hand to Hold – Written by Jeremy Famà in conjunction with his brother, Carmelo A Famà. Location: Portland, Oregon Filmed and edited by Mary Anne Funk

Building Oregon’s Climate Movement Panel | Video

Building Oregon’s Climate Movement Panel | Video

Recording of Building Oregon’s Climate Movement panel. January 25th, 2016 Location SEIU 503 Recorded and edited by Mary Anne Funk On Monday, January 25th, Know Your City and Renew Oregon hosted a community dialogue with speakers who organize in very different communities for a clean […]

Oregon SOS – Fight High Rents and Low Wages rally demonstration

Oregon SOS – Fight High Rents and Low Wages rally demonstration

As economically repressed people we must unite in solidarity to address the laws that perpetuate and maintain this economic repression. ~ Kelsey Schomberger, Oregon SOS participant and disabled activist in Portland, Oregon. Participants and organizations from all over Oregon came together in unison on February […]

The Art of Tile | Photo Essay by Mary Anne Funk

The Art of Tile | Photo Essay by Mary Anne Funk

Artist/Tile Table Designer: Mark Funk Photo Essay and Photos by Mary Anne Funk The following table designs were showcased at Crackedpots 16th Annual Art Show. Mark of Ailgif Tile was one of the artists chosen to showcase his work.   Prior to starting on these two […]

A Step Up: Finding Community and Hope

A Step Up: Finding Community and Hope

Listen to audio story: In audio clip below, Sean talks to me about being homeless, being a part of Hazelnut Grove, and how having a place he can transition in is allowing him to pick himself back up again. Sean is a resident at Hazelnut Grove, […]

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Community Love |  Boots On The Ground

Community Love | Boots On The Ground

Samantha comforts Diane as Diane cries with tears of joy after she found a book of recipes that she thought was lost. The recipe book was put together by her husband, who passed away four years ago. Diane is having to move 45 years of […]

Saint and Angel

Saint and Angel

Audio Story: Saint and Angel at Forgotten Realms. Saint and Angel are married. They first became homeless together after Saint lost his job. Like many working poor americans, they were living paycheck to paycheck with nothing in savings and although he was looking for another […]

Serving the poor

Pastor Steve Kimes of Anawim Christian Community and other organizations are able to pick up food from the gleaners that they can distribute to the communities they serve: the poor and needy in the Northwest.

Art defined me I didn’t define it | Artful Journey of Life: In Plain Sight

Art defined me I didn’t define it | Artful Journey of Life: In Plain Sight

Art has always been a part of Harry’s life, he just didn’t understand the power it had to change his life. In this clip, Harry and his sister Mona look through the artwork in their mother’s garage for some of Harry’s work. Harry also talks […]

Hazelnut Grove Work Party

Hazelnut Grove Work Party

Hazelnut Grove Work Party 12.12.2015 from Mary Anne Funk / Ailgif Studios on Vimeo.

A place to live

A place to live

Wesley Andrew Courverler is houseless in Portland, Oregon and he is currently working with other homeless community members to build up a a place to live at a homeless camp in North Portland, Oregon, where they will community and shelter. The camp that Wesley is […]

Troy – Hazelnut Grove

  Troy at Hazelnut Grove cleans dishes with a smile October 27, 2015 Hazelnut Grove Community Photo by Mary Anne Funk ©2015 Hazelnut Grove/Mary Anne Funk

Grace | Finding Home

Grace cleans a pan, in the community kitchen, after preparing eggs for other members of the Hazelnut Grove Community. Hazelnut Grove is a homeless camp in North Portland, Oregon.

Book Trailer: The Kidney Sellers

The following book promo trailer was made for The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran by Sigrid Fry-Revere. Promo Trailer Edited by: Mary Anne Benner Video Footage by Sigrid Fry-Revere

Angela: Living With C.O.P.D.

Photo of Mary Anne “Benner” Funk with Angela. Portland, Oregon A moment with Angela, one of the participants from the Better Breather’s Group who shared their story with me: Living With C.O.P.D. 2009.

In search of sanctuary and home

In search of sanctuary and home

Human Settlement / Finding Home Human Settlement – Finding Home works to provide understanding that in order to survive and rebuild our lives, we need shelter as a basic human need. Sometimes that shelter is built by the individual with a tent or a tarp along […]

Be the Constant | Genevieve Cochran | Multimedia Story by Mary Anne Funk

Be the Constant | Genevieve Cochran | Multimedia Story by Mary Anne Funk

Be the Constant: Genevieve Cochran. Photo Essay and audio interview by Mary Anne Funk Listen to her story: Meet Genevieve Cochran, a lady with a heart of gold and an energy level that most 18 year olds can’t keep up with.  Genevieve was a volunteer […]

Portland, Oregon | Photo Stories | Yohhei Sato

Portland, Oregon | Photo Stories | Yohhei Sato

Portland, Oregon Photo Stories by Mary Anne Funk. Meet Yohhei Sato Location: What’s The Scoop? Portland, Oregon/July 2015 Yesterday, while taking a break from editing Artful Journey of Life, I took a walk around my neighborhood. A hot day, lead me into a local ice cream shop, […]

The Art of Make-Up and Dreams | Photo-Essay by Mary Anne Funk

The Art of Make-Up and Dreams | Photo-Essay by Mary Anne Funk

Eryn brought her make-up kit out to practice putting make-up on her sister, Paloma. Eryn’s dream is to be a special-effects make-up artist.

Shadow | Redefining Our Perceptions of Homelessness and Poverty

I met Shadow while walking and documenting Knowing Me Ministries, in Portland, Oregon.  Shadow and his wife

Steve Kimes | Anawim Christian Community | Serving the poor community

  Serving The Poor Community January 16, 2015 | Photo by Mary Anne Funk During the initial walk through at Birch Community Services, Steve Kimes, front left, of Anawim Christian Community, along with various other organizations who are working with the poor communities in the […]

Diane Kimes | Anawim Christian Community

Diane Kimes of Anawim Christian Community, prepares a meal for the Anawim Community House meal and church service. Diane Kimes and her husband, Pastor Steve Kimes, have been serving the homeless community and the working poor community since the mid 1990’s.

Genevieve Cochran

Genevieve Cochran

Genevieve Cochran asks Pastor Steve Kimes of Anwaim Christian Community, what he has room for in his van as they prepare to head over to St. Johns, for their Wednesday meal service.

Diver | Anawim Christian Community

  Diver toils the Anawim Sanctuary Grounds. Diver is a member of Anawim’s community home in N. Portland. He spends every Friday at the Sanctuary working on various projects. He is also the volunteer coordinator, overseeing what needs to be done, who’s working on it, and […]

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Organization – Anawim Christian Community Location – at St. Johns Covenant Church © Mary Anne Funk with unlimited usage rights granted solely to Anawim Christian Community September 2014

Living With COPD | Mary Anne Funk (Benner)

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”raised” width=”600x” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ] Project: Living With COPD Description: Ethnographic research to further understand the effects of COPD as part of an ongoing research and product development plan for chronic illness. Project Year: 2009 For: Intel Digital Health Group Role: […]

Homeless Bill of Rights Testimony and Rally at City Hall Portland, Oregon (Photo Essay)

Homeless Bill of Rights Testimony and Rally at City Hall Portland, Oregon (Photo Essay)

Individuals, families, and advocacy groups came together in solidarity with Right 2 Survive, Sisters of the Road, VOZ, and Right 2 Dream Too on Wednesday morning, January 21, 2015 for the Homeless Bill of Rights Testimony and Rally at City Hall. The march route went […]

A Soldier’s Journey

A Soldier’s Journey

  While helping my son pack up his apartment and prepare for his deployment, I spent some time documenting what he was going through. I have filmed some difficult moments and stories, but this by far has been the hardest piece I have filmed and […]

Mary Anne Funk  Photojournalist

Mary Anne Funk Photojournalist

Photo Gallery Portfolio: Photojournalist at Idaho State Journal under previous last name of Benner

A new beginning

A new beginning

Adam cuts his son’s umbilical cord with the help of the midwife. ©Mary Anne Funk All rights reserved December 2, 2014. Location: Pocatello, Idaho