Hippie Jack brings hope and help to “invisible people”

Many of them don’t have power, water, or even food. But they have Hippie Jack and Mrs. Hippie, beacons of hope in a rainbow-colored bus.

CRAWFORD, Tenn. — Nearly five decades ago, Jack Stoddart — a socially conscientious, pot smoking, long-haired hippie — set out to capture a vanishing culture.

With a pair of Canon cameras stashed in his lime green 1963 VW bus, he moved with his wife from Miami to rural Tennessee to document the people of Appalachia.

He went to give them a voice. 

Now, he brings them peanut butter, winter coats, new white sneakers — and hope.

Stoddart, a gray-bearded man more well known as Hippie Jack, has spent the better part of his 66 years living in the hills photographing those whom society has overlooked or looked down upon.
He calls them the invisible people. 

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