Overdose is currently the leading cause of death in the United States for those under 50. What is the role of photojournalism in the overdose crisis?
United Photo Industries aims to question the common visual tropes used in mainstream media reports of drug use and overdose, and to challenge sensationalist coverage.
This exhibit explores tough ethical considerations made by photographers and editors covering the overdose crisis, and asks a question: How does photojournalism impact public health?
Ryan Christopher Jones is a Mexican-American photojournalist originally from California’s Central Valley, currently living in New York City. His recent work includes coverage throughout Mexico and the Mexico/U.S. border, the American overdose crisis, the 2018 midterm elections, and immigration stories in and around New York City.
Ryan is a fierce advocate of compassionate photojournalism, and in 2018 he wrote two opinion essays for The New York Times titled The Déjà Vu of Mass Shootings and How Photography Exploits the Vulnerable. His overdose/opioid coverage is included in Photoville’s current exhibition called Covering a Crisis: Media Representation of Overdose in America, and his work was selected for American Photography 2017 and 2018.
Ryan is a regular contributor to The New York Times and clients include ProPublica, The Intercept, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, KyodoNews, and others.
In addition to working as an independent photojournalist, Ryan is currently pursuing a degree in History through the extension program at Harvard University.
United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.
Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.
The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. George Soros opened his first international foundation in Hungary in 1984.
Today, the Open Society Foundations support a vast array of projects in more than 120 countries, providing thousands of grants every year through a network of national and regional foundations and offices.
Covering a Crisis: Media Representation of Overdose in America
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