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Angela Shoemaker May 25, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Holland, Ohio University.

Nursing home, Amsterdam 2010

Angela Shoemaker (b. 1978, USA) is a freelance photographer based in Louisville, Kentucky. After pursuing a master’s degree at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication, Angela was awarded a Fulbright grant to complete a long-term documentary project in Amsterdam. The project focused on a nursing home for aging drug addicts. Some of her other work includes award winning projects on prison nurseries and families struggling with homelessness. She is currently in Kenya shooting video about underground music in overlooked corners of the world.

About the Photograph:

“While the United States was in the midst of the national health care debate, I was photographing a fringe element of the socialized health system in the Netherlands—the residents of a nursing home for aging drug addicts. The institution was tucked away at the outer edge of Amsterdam, thousands of miles from Washington, but the discussion remained about our medical system. The residents were perplexed by the issue and asked if it was true that Americans died because they had no access to health care. This was in comparison to their own health care, which allowed them to continue their unconventional lifestyles, consumed by drug abuse, without denying them access to the care they needed. I was there for several months shooting a documentary about the lives of these residents, some of who have been using heroin and crack cocaine for over 20 years.”