The Human Cost
Jun 5, 2021 | 5 - 8pm
Jun 5 - Jul 3, 2021
BDC Annex, 364 E 151st St, Bronx, NY 10455
Gallery Hours (walk-ins welcome): Wed-Fri 3-7PM + Sat-Sun 1-5PM
James Nachtwey | Jeffrey Stockbridge | Mark E. Trent
This exhibition contains graphic content that may be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
Last year, America lost 81,000 men, women and children to drug overdoses. Driven primarily by the opioid crisis--and abetted by the pill-pushing of pharmaceutical companies--millions of individuals and countless families were devastated by addiction.
The war on drugs has failed: from sea to shining sea, fentanyl, heroin, K2, crystal meth, cocaine and other drugs are available in nearly every town and city. Drug-related violence has endangered many of our streets, including Courtlandt Avenue, home to the Bronx Documentary Center.
After decades of ever-changing anti-drug strategies, we are still left with familiar and yet unanswered questions: how to stop the overdoses; how to keep our youth from addiction; how to stop drug-related violence; how to offer humanitarian treatment.
The Bronx Documentary Center’s upcoming photo exhibition, The Human Cost: America’s Drug Plague, explores these issues and portrays the toll of America’s drug scourge. The deeply personal stories told here--of losing children, families and freedom--provide a stark but compassionate look at a very complex dynamic.
James Nachtwey, the dean of American conflict photographers, reports with visual journalist and editor, Paul Moakley, from New Hampshire, Ohio, Boston, San Francisco and beyond. Jeffrey Stockbridge documents Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood over the course of 6 years. And Mark Trent follows a tight-knit group of friends in West Virginia through cycles of substance abuse and tragic death. The BDC hopes this exhibition will lead to productive discussions about an intractable American problem.
In the Media
'The jobs went, the drugs moved in'; America's addiction nightmare-in pictures | The Guardian | JUN 3, 2021
Bronx Documentary Center: The Human Cost; America's Drug Plague | L’Oeil de la Photographie | JUN 3, 2021
The Human Cost: America's Drug Plague | Musee Magazine | JUN 3, 2021
These photos depict the stark reality of drug addiction in the US | Dazed | MAY 21, 2021
A harrowing & humanising portrait of the US opioid crisis; The Human Cost | Huck | JUN 3, 2021
HEADER IMAGE: Holly, detoxing in the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton, Ohio, on July 3, 2017. Photograph by James Nachtwey for TIME
INTERIOR IMAGES: Carol, 2010. © Jeffrey Stockbridge; Allie in traffic after losing a close friend in her recovery group to an overdose. © Mark E. Trent