Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue by Eugene Richards

‘The United States accounts for five percent of the world’s population and consumes 50 percent of the world’s cocaine.’ ~ Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas, a pediatric AIDS physician in Harlem, writes in the afterwood in this book.

Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue is one of Eugene Richards many published photography books and photo essays covering topics as breast cancer, drug addiction, poverty, emergency medicine, pediatric HIV and AIDS, the meat packing industry, the plight of the world’s mentally disabled, aging and death in America.  This particular book is a potrait of three communities blighted by drugs and isolation: East New York, North Philadelphia, and the Red Hook housing projects in Brooklyn, New York.

Here’s some of the pictures from the collection:

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