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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. 

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.