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Zine Review: Rue by Michael J DeMeo

Michael J DeMeo is a photographer and the editor of photography zine No Thoughts. Michael sent me last week a copy of Rue, his latest photo book. “This is story about my friend… this is a story about addiction”, that’s how Michael describes the images contained in Rue.

This collection of photographs shows the life of Rue, Michael’s friend, an addict and graffiti writer living in Boston. Michael spent sometime taking pictures of Rue’s daily life and in an interview with FucknFilthy, he describes the process of doing the book as a way of holding onto Rue.

“Rue is really photogenic and not really shy about being in front of the camera. We’re all friends so it’s not a really uncomfortable situation. During this time, Rue is arrested a few more times, I put some of the mug shots in my book, and things just get pretty dark. Honestly, I figured he was going to die, so doing the book was a way of holding onto the kid.”

If you take a look at Michael’s previous photos you can tell that he really want to portray his subjects just the way they are. He has definitely shown this realness in the book, Rue may be one of his best photo series so far.

If you’re interested in the book, you can get a copy here.