To Our Readers: Nov. 21, 1994

In order for a photograph to convey a human truth, the photographer must first form a human bond with his subject. To portray the troubled youths featured in this week's story about teenage runaways, photographer Steve Liss spent three weeks in Hollywood immersed in their milieu of drugs, prostitution, disease and violence. His day started when theirs did, sometime after noon, when they filtered onto the streets from the abandoned buildings where they had spent the night. "I'd glue myself to a small group, some days shooting picture after picture and others just watching and listening," says Liss. "Gradually, the kids...

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