Sebastian Explores Addiction in Sao Paulo with 'Ghosts'

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Mar 19, 2015
References: sebastianpalmer & featureshoot
Photographer Sebastian Palmer explores the crack epidemic in Brazil with his latest series, titled 'Ghosts,' which he traveled to Sao Paulo to shoot.

The Brazilian populous is home to Cracolândia, or Crackland, a small drug-addled community that fuels each other's addictions. The territory is, unsurprisingly, replete with more than just addiction: it is also thriving with poverty, disease and mental illness.

Sebastian Palmer's 'Ghosts' is a series of black-and-white portraits of the inhabitants of Cracolândia. Whether staring directly into the camera, or experiencing an emotional moment, the subjects are heart-breakingly open, inviting the viewer into their world; a never-ending symphony of chaos. The portraits themselves read as a brief break from the anarchy, turmoil and pain that awaits the subjects in Cracolândia.