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Kensington Ave. Philadelphia  PA

Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia stands as a stark symbol of the devastating impact of the drug epidemic, particularly the rampant addiction to opioids such as heroin and fentanyl within urban communities. Once a vibrant industrial center, Kensington now grapples with the overwhelming presence of addiction, with its streets marked by open-air drug markets and scenes of desperation that have garnered national attention, shedding light on the profound human toll of substance abuse.

In August of 2022, I embarked on a journey to Kensington and Allegany Avenues to witness firsthand the reality of this epidemic. Over a span of two days, I captured the essence of the area using a Deardorff 8x10 view camera. Through my lens, I aimed to portray, in an intimate and respectful manner, the devastating effects of the fentanyl and opioid crisis—a crisis that claims the lives of over 100,000 Americans annually.

copyright Gil Cope 2024
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