The Street Grunt Photography exhibit by Wessington Springs native Jeffery Caffee (pictured above, at right with photographic subjects "Batman" and "The Rapper") is slated to open next week in Gillette, Wyo.  

For Wessington Springs native Jeffery Caffee, a photographic journey that began as a creative outlet evolved into a deep desire to shine a light on those who are struggling on our American streets — and more importantly, to encourage kindness and empathy for the subjects who Caffee photographs. 

A body of work aimed at illuminating the large gap between those living in poverty and the rest of the world will be exhibited at the AVA Community Art Center in Gillette, Wyo., opening on Thursday, February 13 at 6 p.m.

The story about his two-year trek towards this gallery opening — and what initially prompted him to pick up a Nikon camera and start photographing —  will be featured in next week’s True Dakotan alongside examples of Caffee’s work. 

Editor’s note: This story serves as the first in a series exploring the diverse and interesting paths taken by those with Jerauld County roots. To share your story for consideration, email