Chris Arnade

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Chris Arnade (born around 1965 in San Antonio , Florida , USA ) is an American photographer and blogger.

In the tradition of Diane Arbus or Larry Clark , the socially marginalized are among those portrayed by him. He gives them a voice and is one of the leading social photographers in the USA.


Arnade grew up in San Antonio, a town near Tampa , Florida and came to Baltimore as a young man , where he studied physics at Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 1992 with a PhD . Then he moved to New York and worked as a dealer on Wall Street for a good twenty years . In 2012, however, he quit his job to only work as a freelance photographer and blogger. He lives in New York.

Photographic work

He discovered photography as a child. In 2010, while still working on Wall Street, he began to create his first photo series, including gulls in Hunts Point , where he was to work from then on. He became known for his photo series " Faces of Addiction ", which portrays the people of this district of New York. Those portrayed by him are mostly poor and homeless, belong to ethical minorities and mostly live on the fringes of society. These include portraits of prostitutes, junkies, homosexuals, white trash , homeless, sick, alcoholics.

He runs pages on Tumblr and Flickr , where he blogs photos, writes and comments, and presents his models. He has already had exhibitions of his works in New York's Bronx . In Germany, Arnade became known to a larger audience through the documentary " Der Banker und die Junkies ". He is also the author of the documentary " Pigeon Kings of Brooklyn " 2015.

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