Contrasto, 2007 First edition Hardcover, 164 pages, 210 x 260 mm Condition: Fine
New York artist Joe Smith rented an apartment on the ninth floor overlooking Fifth Avenue in the 1970s. At first, he allowed a young addict to move into a spare bedroom in hopes of gaining rent. In the years that followed, many more would come. The apartment fell to chaos. All electricity and hot water had been turned off and anything of value was sold off. Thick drapes kept out any reminder of daylight and the world outside.
In 2004, anywhere from 20 to 30 young heroin addicts lived in this large apartment. A chance meeting with one of the residents drew photojournalist Jessica Dimmock to the apartment, where she embarked on a three-year journey into the lives of those living there.
Focusing on three individuals, Dimmock watches and listens as the young people on The Ninth Floor fall into despair, then reflect on their choices and yearn for more. We are left with the reality of the drug's power, and the question: What does it take to kick the habit?
Cited in Photobook: A History vol. III by Parr/Badger
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