Photo journalist Chris Arnade has created a moving and gritty series call Faces of Addiction, a collection of candid portraits of individuals living in Hunts Point in the Bronx, struggling with their drug addictions, each with their own tragic tale of violence, rape, abuse, poverty and crime. Many of these New Yorkers live in homeless shelters, derelict buildings and even crack dens and whilst they are aware of their choices in life and standing in society, all of them are grateful for the small things that they do have. Through his photography and story telling, Chris has given them a platform for expression and handled their often heartbreaking stories with a gentle and restrained dignity.
"I post people’s stories as they tell them to me. I am not a journalist. I don’t try to verify, just listen.
It’s easy to ignore others. By not looking, by not talking to them, we 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."