Faces of Addiction

29 Feb

Check out this incredible flickr photo stream, Faces of Addiction.

During the week Chris Arnade is a 46-year-old trader for Citigroup. On weekends he is an amateur photographer who can be found documenting disenfranchised New Yorkers—homeless, addicts and prostitutes—in Hunts Point in the Bronx. I love that he develops professional color prints for his subjects and returns a few weeks later to give them their photos. Sometimes he can’t find them.

While the photos themselves are amazing, I was also moved by reading about people’s lives as captured by Chris. He writes, “I post people’s stories as they tell them to me. I am not a journalist. I don’t verify, just listen.”

One question he always asks his subjects is, “How would you like to be described?” It’s in their responses that you’ll find the most humane and soulful art.

See the NYT City Room blog post about Chris and his project.

2 Responses to “Faces of Addiction”

  1. Laura Manske February 29, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Fascinating, Stephanie!

  2. RP February 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Respectfully treated and thought-provoking.

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