Urban Ore: The Secret Life Of Scrappers


“Scrapper,” a title forged on the streets, referring to anyone collecting various metals legally, or illegally, in the form of cans, the theft of automobile catalytic converters, various metal pipes, metal machinery & parts, and copper wire from abandoned buildings, scrap yards, or new building sites, for a profit. Urban Ore will attempt to give a rarely seen glimpse into the secret world of metal thieves in America.  The project documents the day-to-day life of a small community of homeless people living under, and literally inside of a freeway off-ramp, who make their meager ends meet from illegally scrapping metal from abandoned, and active buildings in the San Francisco Bay area.