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Faces of Addiction in Hunts Point, NYC

September 16, 2012 9:53 PM

Faces of Addiction in Hunts Point, by Chris Arnade

Photographer Chris Arnade doesn’t just take pictures of people on the street. He gets close and comfortable with both the people and their surroundings, listen to life stories, dreams, burdens, and writes about it on his Flickr page in the most moving way. Most of the times he even returns later with a printed portrait and a warm blanket.

“I am not a journalist, I don’t verify, just listen.”

Banker by trade, Chris has been strolling around parts of New York City that people normally don’t visit. He’s been doing that for the past twenty years, and with a camera in his hand for the past five, not once feeling uncomfortable or fearing for his safety.

The subjects of these emotional portraits are real people, with real problems, living in a rough part of town. But once you get past the exterior image, you learn that there is a warm hearted, respectful, and welcoming human being behind almost every one of them, taking it day by day, just trying to get by.

The highly acclaimed Faces of Addiction is an ongoing project since 2010, and some times Arnade can spend up to months before even raising his camera, just getting to know the people and the world they live in. He’s an avid supporter of HPAC, Hunts Point Alliance for Children. You can help too.

“Often forgotten amidst the headlines of addiction and crime is that roughly 4,000 families live in Hunts Point, cut off from most of the resources New York City provides.”

Faces of Addiction in Hunts Point, by Chris Arnade

Faces of Addiction in Hunts Point, by Chris Arnade

Faces of Addiction in Hunts Point, by Chris Arnade

Faces of Addiction in Hunts Point, by Chris Arnade

Faces of Addiction in Hunts Point, by Chris Arnade

A photograph is only half the story, especially in this series, so I encourage everyone to take a good look at Chris Arnade’s Flickr galleries at the link below. Even though he claims not to be a journalist, the texts are very well written, and it gives you an insight to a part of the world you probably weren’t that familiar with. And it’s OK to shead a tear or two, yours truly did that too.

Sources: Flickr gallery & The Gothamist
All photos © Chris Arnade


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