Photographer chronicles his own heroin addiction

Bags are branded and stamped with dealers' brand names, a play to appeal to specific kinds of users (Graham MacIndoe)

Bags are branded and stamped with dealers' brand names, a play to appeal to specific kinds of users (Graham MacIndoe)

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Scotland-born, New York-based photographer Graham MacIndoe talks about documenting his own self-destructive heroin addiction, and why it's worth exposing his darkest moments in order to portray addiction from the inside.

"I think many times we've seen the story on addiction from the outsiders viewpoint but not so much as a view from the inside," MacIndoe says. "It was quite a difficult decision to do that because I was baring my soul to everyone at my darkest moment. 

"I really wanted to record what I was going through; I was hoping I'd get out on the other end and be able to bring these pictures into some sort of fruition and bring them out into the world."

An inside perspective
 
A selection of MacIndoe's photographs are posted here with permission of the photographer. The full series is available on New York Magazine's website and will soon be on display in New York.

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