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. 

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!

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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.

FOA Delivers 50 Portraits, 50 Stories for Display

Faces of Addiction promised to produce a gallery show of 50 portraits and accompanying life stories of drug-addicted persons. 

Two Faces of Addiction

This week all 50 portraits were framed and delivered to the gallery for showing in January. We did it on budget and on time! The companion book is in production. Now it's time to get the documentary funded and produced, and to let the world know about this amazing, heart-wrenching look into the lives of addicted people.

This multimedia exhibit features 50 black and white portraits (20” x 16”) of local opioid addicted people by award-winning photographer Eric Hatch. The portraits consist of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Each portrait includes a printed life story, as well as video and sound clips that brings to life the addicted, allowing the gallery visitor to experience addiction in a new and vital way.

The mixture of photography with powerful life stories, told largely in the addicted person's own words, creates a fresh understanding of this scourge.

FOA Companion Book Ready for Press

faces of addiction cincinnati ohioThe Faces of Addiction gallery show will be available in a deluxe paper edition that is 124 pages, with all the photos and life stories plus additional material about the project and lessons learned from it. 

Creating this book has been a labor of love among author Eric Hatch, designer Andreas Jones, and publisher Dave Braughler of Braughler Books. The publication date is scheduled for 1/16/2019, the date of the exhibit opening in Cincinnati. Although review copies will be available prior to publication for qualified reviewers. 

Every effort is being made to make this book reflect the quality of the photographic originals. There have been four proofs for text and six cover designs submitted to date. We expect delivery to Braughler Books on 11/5. 

The gallery show and physical book are just two of the ways we plan to give Faces of Addiction to the world. More information to come!

Faces of Addiction Makes its 50 Portrait Goal!

We've done it! Fifty faces, fifty stories. Wow!  

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Now we're into the production work, getting all fifty portraits and fifty stories printed, mounted, framed, packaged, and ready for their trip to the Christ Church Cathedral Gallery in time for the show opening on January 16.  At the same time, all the photos and stories have to be prepared for the book that accompanies the exhibit. The book has extra material including a lengthy manifesto on addiction and what we have to do as a nation to combat it. The book is the long pole in our tent; it has to be in the publisher's hands by November 1. 

So no resting on our laurels! The hard work of making this project succeed has shifted gears from gathering information to producing the media that will communicate it, and that effort will continue through next year. 

Thanks for your help, all of you who have seen these pictures and read these stories. They are making a difference and so are you.

Heroin Angels Memorializes Victims

Heroin Angels Dayton OhioHeard today from Hershel Gau who has created a website to memorialize persons who have died of an OD. He offers space to post a snapshot of the lost person and room for personal stories as well. The site is called Heroin Angels. Have you lost a loved one to the Opioid Epidemic? 60,000 people a year are losing the battle with opioid addiction. Heroin Angels was created to serve as a memorial wall for all of those lost.