Portraits of addicts in Rio de Janeiro’s ‘cracklands’ tell their stories




Welcome to “cracolandia,” or “crackland” — where all manner of people share a damaging addiction

Cracklands are open-air locations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where crack cocaine can be purchased and smoked in plain sight, day or night.

Studies estimate there are nearly 1 million crack users in Brazil, making it the world’s top consumer of crack. But government programs have failed to impact the country’s widespread drug use problem

Photographer Felipe Dana had drug users sit for portraits, and asked them to share their personal stories. A makeshift studio consisting of a white backdrop, a simple chair and two lights, assisted in creating this series of intriguing portraits Read more…

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