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Faces of Addiction uses portraits and life stories to show us the humanity of addicted people. Watch the exhibition (video) come to life and the emotional highs of opening night, as addicts see themselves recognized as genuine human beings. Get our book and read the story. Emotional and compelling, and completely real. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine loves Faces of Addiction!

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has a lot of kind things to say -- especially about the usefulness of our book in helping people understand the nature of our addiction epidemic.

This letter states with real clarity what we're trying to accomplish, both for addicted persons and non-addicted persons alike.  Thank you Mike DeWine!

 

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FOA Collection Opens in Columbus

The Faces of Addiction gallery show opened in the Rhodes Tower (State Executive Office Building) in Columbus, Ohio, on June 1.  The Rhodes Tower is right across the street from the State Capitol and is a busy place.  The exhibit occupies three walls of the enormous lobby; the picture shows about 60% of the total show.  Experienced this way, you feel how large the Addiction problem is, and that it can involve literally anybody.

The exhibit has already drawn interest from State officials, as well as from passers-by.  The show is free to the public and will hang through June 26, 2019.  If you're in Columbus, it's worth a visit.  You will be touched, moved, and possibly inspired by the courageous people who volunteered their faces and their life stories for this recovery-oriented project.

 

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The Faces of Addiction Gallery Show is on the Road!

The Faces of Addiction Gallery show is traveling!  Next stop is Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati's Hyde Park area.  The show will remain there from April 12 ato May 15 (or so), then move to Columbus' Rhodes Tower office building across from the State Capitol for the month of June.  From there, the show is expected to move to another Ohio location through Labor Day.  After that, plans are in the works to take it to North Carolina, New Hampshire, West Virginia or New York -- but these plans are tentative and so cannot be announced at present. 

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The Faces of Addiction Gallery Show is on the Road!

The Faces of Addiction Gallery show is traveling!  Next stop is Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati's Hyde Park area.  The show will remain there from April 12 ato May 15 (or so), then move to Columbus' Rhodes Tower office building across from the State Capitol for the month of June.  From there, the show is expected to move to another Ohio location through Labor Day.  After that, plans are in the works to take it to North Carolina, New Hampshire, West Virginia or New York -- but these plans are tentative and so cannot be announced at present. 

 Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave, Cincinnati

The Faces of Addiction Gallery Show is on the Road!

The Faces of Addiction Gallery show is traveling!  Next stop is Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati's Hyde Park area.  The show will remain there from April 12 ato May 15 (or so), then move to Columbus' Rhodes Tower office building across from the State Capitol for the month of June.  From there, the show is expected to move to another Ohio location through Labor Day.  After that, plans are in the works to take it to North Carolina, New Hampshire, West Virginia or New York -- but these plans are tentative and so cannot be announced at present. 

 Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave, Cincinnati

The Faces of Addiction Gallery Show is on the Road!

The Faces of Addiction Gallery show is traveling!  Next stop is Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati's Hyde Park area.  The show will remain there from April 12 ato May 15 (or so), then move to Columbus' Rhodes Tower office building across from the State Capitol for the month of June.  From there, the show is expected to move to another Ohio location through Labor Day.  After that, plans are in the works to take it to North Carolina, New Hampshire, West Virginia or New York -- but these plans are tentative and so cannot be announced at present. 

 Knox Presbyterian Church, 3400 Michigan Ave, Cincinnati

The Faces of Addiction Gallery Show is on the Road!

The Faces of Addiction Gallery show is traveling!  Next stop is Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati's Hyde Park area.  The show will remain there from April 12 ato May 15 (or so), then move to Columbus' Rhodes Tower office building across from the State Capitol for the month of June.  From there, the show is expected to move to another Ohio location through Labor Day.  After that, plans are in the works to take it to North Carolina, New Hampshire, West Virginia or New York -- but these plans are tentative and so cannot be announced at present. 

 

Media Alert

Faces of Addiction Exhibition Extended Through March 15th

Christ Church Cathedral Exhibit

The gallery exhibition at Christ Church Cathedral has been extended due to a strong turnout. Viewer responses have been greater than expected! The Faces of Addiction exhibit, a striking collection of 50 black and white portraits of addicted people matched with their accompanying life stories, originally had a closing date of February 28th.

Contemporary Arts Center curator, Tom Matijcio, found Hatch's photos to be "powerful, compelling, well-crafted and timely."

Tom Synan, a member of the Hamilton County Heroin Addiction Coalition and Newtown police chief, said the exhibit "brings awareness that above all else those struggling are human beings. The Faces project does this with powerful compassion."

Faces of Addiction is at Gallery South in Christ Church Cathedral, located at 318 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio. The exhibit arrived there on January 16, 2019, and is based on 10 months of work by award-winning area photographer Eric K. Hatch. The revealing images of Faces of Addiction make the struggles of addicted people real and immediate.

"These are real people with real stories, and once you experience these photos, you'll always know that addicted people are just as real, as interesting, and as fragile as the rest of us," Hatch says. He goes on to say, "Their stories are written in their faces, especially the eyes...All I had to do was make the photos express what they said during our interviews."

Opening Night for FOA a Huge Success!

video 500cOpening night, January 16, was a huge success!

Visitors crowded the gallery. Normally, visitors to a gallery opening browse, snack, and leave. Our visitors came, stayed, and read the stories. Ten of the portrait volunteers also came, fighting winter weather and transportation problems. A huge shout-out to Hamilton's Mike Harris, who rented a van to bring several portrait volunteers from Hamilton to Cincinnati and back.

Letters of Commendation:

Representatives from Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. Brad Wenstrup attended and presented letters of good will and commendation. Want to see how great it was? Watch the video!

Produced by Ron Harper at http://videosonyourwebsite.com

You're Invited to Our Gallery Opening!

Admission is free! It's taken a year to bring this moment to hand and here it is! 50 Faces, 50 stories that are sure to open your heart.
Exhibit runs through 2/27/2019.

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A Heart-Warming Note From a Portrait Volunteer

Faces Portrait VolunteerThe following letter arrived yesterday from the last portrait volunteer we photographed.

"Hello, this is Kristin Williams.

I just wanted to share with you that I affirmated (completed) my in patient program at Sojouners on Monday Dec. 17th! I am now staying with my friend Mary (the one that was with me the day you listened to our stories). I have 4 months clean and now that I have learned new skills, my next step is to transform my life.

I'm excited! I plan to attend the opening of your show. I hope all is well with you.

Merry Christmas and God bless everything you are doing."

As you can see, this project helps addicts directly.

Photographic Techniques for FOA Portraits

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Check out this great article in All About Photo!

You'll see some amazing portraits and quite a lot about how they were created.

https://www.all-about-photo.com/photo-articles/photo-article/416/faces-of-addiction-opens-viewers-hearts