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Chicago Photographer Captures Toll of Opioids, Homelessness


Winter in Chicago can be especially tough on the city’s homeless population. Photographer Lloyd DeGrane has spent a lot time with people living on Chicago streets.

He’s gotten to know them and he’s photographed them. But when he set out to cover homelessness three years ago, he says he didn’t realize just how closely he would also be looking at the opioid crisis. 

DeGrane’s photos on many subjects have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader and more. 

He joins Paris Schutz to talk about his work in homeless encampments near Chicago’s Loop.

Disclaimer: Photos include people using drugs and may be disturbing to some viewers.

  • Rhonda (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

    Rhonda (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

  • Jet and Stone (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

    Jet and Stone (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

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    Dan and Rhonda at hospital (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

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  • Rhonda before she died (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

    Rhonda before she died (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

  • Rhonda injecting Dan (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

    Rhonda injecting Dan (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

  • Jimmy (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)

    Jimmy (Lloyd DeGrane Photography)


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