A man with a history of drug addiction is found dead in his home with a swollen bladder, covered in bloody vomit. His overdose isn’t the result of some terrifying new drug, but a commonly used over-the-counter medication: Imodium.
Taken around 1970, this photo captures a moment of shocked elation when a deaf child first uses a hearing aid.
Reeling from a decade of social turmoil, in the 1970s New York fell into a deep tailspin provoked by the flight of the middle class to the suburbs and a nationwide economic recession that hit New York’s industrial sector especially hard.
Combined with substantial cuts in law enforcement and citywide unemployment topping ten percent, crime and financial crisis became the dominant themes of the decade. In just five years from 1969 to 1974, the city lost over 500,000 manufacturing jobs, which resulted in over one million households being dependent on welfare by 1975. In almost the same span, rapes and burglaries tripled, car thefts and felony assaults doubled, and murders went from 681 to 1690 a year.
Depopulation and arson also had pronounced effects on the city: Abandoned blocks dotted the landscape, creating vast areas absent of urban cohesion and life itself. Today, we look at 41 poignant photos that capture a New York City on the brink of implosion:
The conceit for Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti‘s new series is remarkably simple: “3 Glasses Later.”
Alberti invited dozens of people to his studio, just after the workday ended, and photographed them four times: once when they arrived, and then once after one, two, and three glasses of wine over the course of about two hours.
Such a conceit wouldn’t really work if the photos weren’t so well executed — but they were, which is why the results are almost certainly the most charming drunk photos ever taken:
Ilse Koch may not be as famous as the Holocaust’s ringleaders, but she was every bit as evil. This is the life story of the woman who made lampshades from the skin of her prisoners.
We’ve written twice before about women who not only survived the Holocaust, but saved the lives of fellow prisoners with their superhuman courage and will to survive. The stories of Gisella Perl and Stanislawa Leszczyńska highlight one vital aspect of human nature: Our ability to persevere and care for others in even the most harrowing and cruel of circumstances.
But the Holocaust also presented many opportunities for humanity’s terrible dark side to run wild, as well. While Adolf Hitler, Josef Menegle, and Heinrich Himmler are rightly remembered as its figureheads, there were others just as villainous, but their names didn’t quite make the history books.
One of these individuals was Ilse Koch, whose sadism and barbarism would lead to her to receive the nickname The Bitch of Buchenwald.