Harm
Reduction
Heroes

Not a definitive collection,
just the ones I've pointed
my camera at

Harm
Reduction
Heroes

Not a definitive collection,
just the ones I've pointed
my camera at
Jennifer Randall
Kevin Jaffray, activist
Working in harm reduction all these years I've met some amazing people. I tend to think of them as a single harm reduction community, but in reality they are part of many distinct communities that share a basic philosophy. That philosophy, at its purest, aims to reduce individual and community harms while working to 'meet people where they are at' (physically and mentally) without judgement.

Rich Tapestry Of Subjects

The people in these harm reduction communities are a many and varied bunch: researchers, people who use drugs, people whose family members and friends died of overdoses, people who just decided to work in harm reduction and ... well ... lots of other types of folk and combinations of them all.

Heroes?

Yes... heroes. I don't mean in the 'firing beams of light out of their eyes' way, just ordinary heroes. Some are heroes because they save lives, change stigmatising policies, or risk their liberty to help others. But, as the psychologist Philip Zimbardo says:
Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.
Philip Zimbardo
This fits most of the harm reduction advocates I know.

Project Limitations

There are thousands of harm reduction heroes out there, most are people that I may never get the chance to photograph. They are the people working the late shift in the needle programme, the person who is homeless but always carries naloxone or the parent that gets the accurate drug information for their teenage child. But I'll do my best to photograph the people I can.

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Haven Wheelock

Haven Wheelock

Shilo Jama & Monique Tula

Shilo Jama & Monique Tula

Andy Velez

Andy Velez

Tam Miller

Tam Miller

Jennifer Vanderschaeghe

Jennifer Vanderschaeghe

Kris Nyrop

Kris Nyrop

Aisley Miles

Aisley Miles

Edo Nasution

Edo Nasution

 Tinga Kalafa

Tinga Kalafa

Mark Kinzly

Mark Kinzly

Holly Bradford

Holly Bradford

Greg Scott

Greg Scott

Jean-Paul Grund

Jean-Paul Grund

Mona Bennet & Catherine Swanson

Mona Bennet & Catherine Swanson

Cyndee Clay

Cyndee Clay

Niamh Eastwood

Niamh Eastwood

Robert Suarez

Robert Suarez

David Stuart

David Stuart

Steve Kamenicky & Marilee Murphy

Steve Kamenicky & Marilee Murphy

 Isaac Jackson

Isaac Jackson

This represents a small selection of the images from this collection.
Lee Hertel, Lee's Rig Hub

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