Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue by Eugene Richards

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A compelling portrait of three communities penetrated by drugs and isolation: East New York, North Philadelphia, and the Red Hook housing projects in Brooklyn, New York.

With a chilling and informative afterword by Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas, who works as a pediatric AIDS physician in Harlem, Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue reveals how first steps toward solutions to overcome the drug trade have actually contributed to public denial and further isolation of the trapped communities. Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue is a history of our times, a compelling, terrifying document that will educate us and promote dialogue, a first step toward affecting change.

About Eugene Richards

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Published January 1, 1994 by Aperture. 160 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The protests began in December after The New York Times Magazine published a selection of Mr. Richards's photographs from the book, "Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue," which showed black, Hispanic and white drug users.

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Richards's searing photo-essay on inner-city communities devastated by the cocaine-crack epidemic brings into sharp focus the colossal failure of the ``war on drugs.'' His unsparing black-and-white photographs--spliced with interviews with dealers, drug users and frustrated police officers--cover...

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