This panel discussion will examine how America’s war on drugs has been framed in media, policy, and visual culture, with particular attention to the similarities and differences between the current opioid crisis and the crack epidemic of the 1980s. Imagemaker Jeffrey Stockbridge and journalist Kalah Siegel, along with scholars Helena Hansen and Michael Shaw, will use images as an entry point to discuss visibility, race, and media reportage on this critical issue.

This is a free event, but please register in advance. ICP Members have access to preferred seating in our reserved members’ section.

Our ICP Museum–public program combination ticket grants $10 entry to the galleries starting at 4:30 PM to those attending the program. Tickets are only available online when you register for the program.


Jeffrey Stockbridge is a photographer and fine-art printer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Stockbridge graduated from Drexel University with a BS in photography in 2005. His recent series and book, Kensington Blues, has received international acclaim with exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Stockbridge is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, an Independence Foundation Fellowship Grant, and a CFEVA Fellowship. His work has been featured in print and web publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, and The Telegraph (UK).

Kalah Siegel is a New York City–based journalist with experience covering city issues, both on a hyper-local level for the Mott Haven Herald, and on a larger scale for the New York Post. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as Vice Tonic, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, and Mental Floss. Many of Siegel’s recent projects focus on health journalism, including pieces on drug abuse, sexual health, and mental health. While working as a beat reporter for the Mott Haven Herald, she reported on the opioid crisis in the South Bronx extensively. Siegel is currently a master’s candidate at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and will be graduating at the end of the year.

Helena Hansen, MD, Ph.D., is associate professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry at New York University. She has published widely in clinical and social science journals, ranging from JAMA to Social Science and Medicine, on faith healing of addiction in Puerto Rico, psychiatric disability under welfare reform, addiction pharmaceuticals and race, and ethnic marketing of pharmaceuticals. Her book Addicted to Christ: Remaking Men in Puerto Rican Pentecostal Drug Ministries was published by UC Press in 2018. She has received major funding from NIDA, the Mellon Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

An analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics, photojournalism, and media literacy, Michael Shaw is the founder and publisher of Reading the Pictures.

Shaw has presented papers or hosted panels at various conferences and photo festivals, including Photoville; Rhetoric Society of America (RSA); the Society for Photographic Education (SPE); and the Kern Conference on Visual Communication at RIT. He has lectured at Texas A&M; the School of Visual Arts (SVA); and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) as well as at other institutions. A regular contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review, Shaw has also written for American Photo, the New Republic, Salon, and Huffington Post. Shaw is also a clinical psychologist and organizational consultant in private practice. Shaw spent nine years as the consulting psychotherapist at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and five years in the same role at Otis College of Art and Design. 

TOP IMAGE: Jeffrey Stockbridge, from the series Kensington Blues.