Faces of Addiction (#63) 8-15-12

Once each week I try to steer away from my own images and present something else related to street Portraiture. Today I would like to link to the amazing work of Chris Arnade.

Chris has a personal project called “Faces of Addiction”. This takes place in Hunts Point, a seedy neighborhood in the Bronx. Chris meets drug addicts, interviews them, and takes their photographs. He goes alone, often at night. I would be afraid to go there at High Noon with a police escort. The stories seem mostly genuine, and all are riveting. In Chris Arnade’s words:

“The stories of addicts in New York City. I post people's stories as they tell them to me. I am not a journalist, I don't verify, just listen.

It’s very easy to simply run with your crowd, to not explore the amazing diversity and perspectives that are offered. It’s also very easy to ignore others. By not looking, by not talking to them, we can often fall into constructing our own narrative that affirms our limited world view. What I am hoping to do, by allowing my subjects to share their dreams and burdens with the viewer and by photographing them with respect, is to show that everyone, regardless of their station in life, is as valid as anyone else.”

Chris Arnade’s Faces of Addiction can be seen HERE.

His Facebook page is HERE.