Hope in Shadows by Brad Cran
Stories and Photographs of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

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Vancouver, host of the 2010 Olympics, is a city of startling contrasts. A prosperous urban center, it is also home to the Downtown Eastside, Canada’s poorest neighborhood and one of North America’s most notorious districts, a bleak landscape transformed by addiction and poverty. But many of its residents defy these surroundings, driven by a sense of community, kinship, and, above all, hope. This book is a project of the Pivot Legal Society, which supplied cameras to the Downtown Eastside’s residents to document their own lives; the result, accompanied by moving first-person narratives, is an intimate social documentary of an at-risk urban community that will change one’s view of society as we know it, and of those who are forced to live in its shadows.

 

About Brad Cran

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Brad Cran is a poet, essayist, and photographer. He lives in Vancouver. Gillian Jerome is a poet and teaches in the English Department at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver.
 
Published November 1, 2008 by Arsenal Pulp Press. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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