The Heroines Series is an epic photographic documentary of the addicted women of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In 1997, fashion and portrait photographer Lincoln Clarkes turned his lens away from the world of glamour and began documenting the dire circumstances being endured by the marginalized women living and working on the streets of Vancouver's most troubled neighbourhood. The Heroines Series consists of over 400 portraits of addicted women in Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside, and has garnered national and international media attention. Peace Arch Entertainment produced a one-hour documentary film, 'Heroines: A Photographic Obsession', earlier this year for BRAVO! and Women's Television Network. The film "is a study in pain and intimacy, artistic expression fuelled by passion and moral outrage" and is accompanied by original poems written and narrated by Susan Musgrave. The documentary opened the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival and has been screened at several other festivals since its premiere in June of 2001. Winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award"Beauty in a beastly place" - London Observer (UK)"One of the most timely, necessary and respectful books ever published in British Columbia" - BC Bookworld"Intimate, compelling and undeniably unsettling" - The Globe & Mail"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
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