Tuesday, March 20, 2012


"Faces of Addiction"

Chris Arnade's ongoing photo essay of addicts in the South Bronx is the best and the worst. Be sure to read the little stories that accompany each photo. [via]

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I have a confession. I love junkie porn. Whether it's books, films, pics, I just love it all. You ever see Gringo? Read Man with the Golden Arm? Tried to live Sid & Nancy with a redhead from Cape May on West 4th?
I love it all. I don't do heroin and I never would but man I love the stories that come from it.


@saythatscool Congratulations. How wonderful.


@saythatscool I HAVE RED HAIR.


@leastimportantperson Cant help it. I find them fascinating. Look at Natalie She's fit a thousand years of living into 41. She's seen and done things you couldn't even imagine doing. Faced death like an extreme athlete and felt things more deeply than you and I will ever. She's an incredible prototype that stomped the terra firma. We should never lead our lives as drug addicts, but we should lead our lives with the passion that Natalie has had for it.

Go judge that.


@melis And a new lip ring which is awesome! You are too gorgeous for words, mel!


pure magic this one:X@n


That's fine, i really did want to cry at my desk today.


@candybeans I know, right. :/


Hunts Point is really no joke.
I like how the photographer lets the addicts tell their own stories, rather than taking the easy route of condescension.


@applestoapples Well, I don't know... I noticed a consistent "so-and-so was well-spoken and didn't seem depressed by the rain or being outside in the cold or the fact that she's a drug-addicted prostitute." That's both presumptive and patronizing. Enter the noble savage.


@pinecone It could've been a lot worse, though.

Maybe I should clarify and say that he tried with great effort not to slip into a tone of condescension and succeeded more than most would have. I noticed where he did have these moments, but I appreciate that he didn't try to swoop in as some great savior and ostensibly made efforts to listen and connect with these people. I'm guessing their willingness to speak/meet with him multiple times lends to the fact that they didn't feel overly patronized by him.

Chris Arnade@twitter

Thanks. You can follow the series via twitter @Chris_arnade or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Arnade-Photography/281993958534617


@Chris Arnade@twitter Diane is amazing in this series.


@saythatscool I love Diane!

@saythatscool Diane is gorgeous.

Bon Vivant

@Chris Arnade@twitter I've been going through your pictures, and it makes me want to be a better photographer and to speak to the huge homeless population here in Atlanta. I say that because your work is so inspiring, so heart-wrenchingly beautiful and tragic...Thank you for bringing them copies of their pictures, thank you for cultivating compassion through art, thank you for being kind to people that society has left behind. Thank you for making me want to be a better artist, and human, and thank you for these tears.


Wow, thank you so much for sharing this, Jane. I'm crying at my desk but can't stop clicking through.


This is beautiful and sad and thought-provoking and thoughtful. I don't really know what else to say other than it makes my heart hurt.


Heartbreaking. Confirms my personal decision to stay the fuck away from drugs (I can't even give up caffeinated soda, so can't imagine the horror that real drugs would visit upon my life)


This is amazing. Chris - you rock for doing this and seeing these people who most others ignore. Thank you for sharing it with us!


These answers to "how do you want to be described?" are my anti-drug. The question itself is hard for most people because we want to seem interesting, but they choose the most basic human components. "I'm a good person with a bad disease." I died.

I'm also currently reading Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, so today's been a real one-two punch.

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