“MacIndoe’s extraordinary photographs create a portrait of what addiction feels like. They are raw, disturbing and important”
Graham MacIndoe is a Scottish photographer based in New York. His series of self-portraits entitled Coming Clean, confronts his addiction to heroin in a group of photographs that are graphic, unflinching and powerful.
Several years after beating his addiction, MacIndoe rediscovered the images and in 2015 a selection of prints was acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland. This is their first time on display.
Image: Graham MacIndoe, Untitled from the series Coming Clean, negative: 2004-2010; printed 2015
© Graham MacIndoe
Born in Scotland, Graham MacIndoe studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art and received a master's degree in photography at the Royal College of Art in London. He is an adjunct professor of photography at Parsons The New School in New York City as well as a working photographer. Graham’s photographs have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, New York, The Financial Times Magazine, Harpers, Fast Company, W, Details, I.D., Vice and Esquire.
In 2014 his series All In – Buying Into the Drug Trade was shown at Little Big Man Gallery in Los Angeles in conjunction with the release of a book by Little Big Man Books. Graham is the recipient of a 2014 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship with writer Susan Stellin for their project American Exile, which was exhibited at Photoville in Brooklyn in 2015 and the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney in 2016. Graham and Susan are also the authors a dual memoir, Chancers, published by Random House - Ballantine Books.
Graham’s photographs are in the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland, The New York Public Library, The British Council, The V&A Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts Florida, The British Museum of Film and Television, and various private collections.