ROLES: Photography for Book, Solo Gallery Exhibition, Member of Group Exhibition, Media Interviews and Presentations
I made all of the photographs, including the cover image, for a New York Times bestselling book that looks at the national opioid epidemic. I produced portraits and landscapes using large format 4×5 black and white vintage cameras. In addition to its North American hardback and paperback editions, Dopesick has been published in the U.K. and Commonwealth editions, as well as in Germany, Poland and in Japan.
“Through unsparing, compelling, and unforgettably humane portraits of families and first responders determined to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows that one thing uniting Americans across geographic, partisan, and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But even in the midst of twin crises in drug abuse and healthcare, Macy finds reason to hope and ample signs of the spirit and tenacity that are helping the countless ordinary people ensnared by addiction build a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.” – Little Brown and Co.
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TAUBMAN MUSEUM of ART
Roanoke, VA: August 4 – December 30, 2018
Images from the book and a multimedia presentation that I edited and produced with the author reading excerpts from her book were exhibited in a solo show at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA. Beth Macy, the book’s author, and I presented our work at the show’s opening to an over-capacity crowd that filled a separate auditorium space at the museum.
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY: April 6-20, 2019
My work from Dopesick was part of this group exhibition at The New School in NYC. The goal of this exhibit was not just to show that recovery is possible, but also to highlight some of the ways people have rebuilt their lives: reconnecting with their families, finding rewarding work, and developing meaningful relationships with partners, peers, and others who offer support. My work features some of the treatment providers and harm reduction specialists that many people rely on.
I have continued working closely with the show’s co-curators, Graham Macindoe and writer Susan Stellin and we are bringing the show to Rochester to RIT’s City Art Space in November 2020. See Other Exhibitions on this site for more information about this Fall 2020 show. Graham and Susan are also teaching a 1-credit workshop called Storytelling of Addiction at RIT which has been postponed from April 2020 to the Fall of 2020 due to COVID-19.
Media and Reviews of the Book and Exhibits
TIME magazine portrait and interview with author Beth Macy.
New York Times Review of the Book – The Worst Drug Crisis in American History
New York Times Books of the Times review – ‘Dopesick’ Traces the Opioid Crisis, From Beginning to Blow Up
NPR’s Fresh Air interview with book author Beth Macy.
Interview with author Beth Macy on PBS’ Amanpour & Co.