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published: Nov 2020
publisher: Anvil Press Publishers

Heroines (new edition)

Photographs by Lincoln Clarkes

by (photographer) Lincoln Clarkes

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This new edition of Heroines is a large format revised edition of the original Heroines: Photographs by Lincoln Clarkes that was released by Anvil in 2002. This new edition features over 150 portraits accompanied by four critical essays that contextualize the five-year photo project and the controversial body of work that became known as "The Heroines Project."

Heroines, the book, is an epic photo documentary of the addicted women that were living and working in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in the late '90s and early 2000s. In 1997, photographer Lincoln Clarkes turned his lens away from the world of fashion and began documenting the dire circumstances endured by the marginalized women living and working on the streets of the city's Downtown Eastside.

University of Western Ontario professor Kelly Wood writing in Philosophy of Photography states, "Heroines forced viewers and respondents to take sides in an uneasy ethical dialogue that does not acknowledge the series' uncanny ability to perform against viewers' expectations of certain visual categories and discusses how these expectations might preclude photography's ability to enact or incite political change."

The project includes more than 400 portraits and the photographs garnered extensive national and international media attention, which instigated immediate and profound impacts on the local community, social policies, and criminal investigations regarding missing women.

"praised as humanizing a forgotten sector of society, and also condemned as exploitative and voyeuristic" (Vice)

"proof of Vancouver's horrific drug-addled underbelly and [gives] these long-neglected women a moment in the spotlight" (Huffington Post)

"images reveal a world of broken dreams and dangers, but also helped reclaim the identities of the women" (Daily Mail, UK)

"beauty in a beastly place" (London Observer, UK)

"one of the most timely, necessary and respectful books ever published in British Columbia" (BC Bookworld)

"images [that] unsettled many people in a country that prides itself on its polite order and tightly woven social safety net" (L.A Times Magazine)

About the Author

Lincoln Clarkes

Contributor Notes

Lincoln Clarkes is an award-winning photographer who was originally a painter before refocusing his efforts on fashion and portraiture while living in London and Paris. Portraits include Debbie Harry, Helmut Newton, Noam Chomsky, Patti Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Michael Moore, and Oliver Stone. Clarkes' photographic works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, and Toronto. Several film and television documentaries and scholarly essays have explored his practise. Lincoln's photographs have been featured in Vice, LA Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Saturday Night, and Cosmopolitan UK. He currently operates between Vancouver, Toronto, Detroit and London.

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