The many stories of opioid addiction in today’s news bear a striking resemblance to media coverage of America’s crack epidemic in the 1980s. In his book Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue, Eugene Richards told, through his pictures and subjects’ own words, the stories of individuals battling drug addiction in a way that demonstrates how easily a person can succumb to substance abuse when faced with desperate personal and socioeconomic circumstances. Not every addiction is lethal, and most of us have engaged in self-destructive activity at some point in our lives. -
Consider your vices and how they might relate to the pleasures and terrors of addiction.
Eugene Richards (American, b. 1944). Mariella, Brooklyn, New York, 1992. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Eugene Richards. © Eugene Richards
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