J & K 1965
NEW YORK CITY – The year is 1965. The infamous “Needle Park,” becomes the backdrop for an interactive, immersive journey of addiction and its aftermath. This audience-driven narrative immerses participants in the fictionalized world of John and Karen, based on a real couple whose lives were the subject of a moving LIFE Magazine photo essay. In their own words, they were "animals in a world no one knows."
February 1965: LIFE magazine published an astonishing photo essay of two New York City drug addicts, John and Karen, shot by iconic photojournalist Bill Eppridge, best known for his photos of the Bobby Kennedy assassination, and written by LIFE associate editor James Mills. The essay was part of a two-part series on narcotics in the United States. Eppridge's pictures, the most controversial Life ever published, shocked readers by bringing the grim reality of addiction into the American living room.
Carlo took these photographs and created this unique theatrical experience.