hillbilly heroin honey



*1980, Stockholm

Hannah Modigh was born in Stockholm but spent big parts of her childhood in India and on österlen in the south of Sweden. She has during her adult life lived in Paris and Copenhagen and is now living and working in Stockholm.

 "Sunday mornin’ Comin’ Down - The fog over San Francisco is like warm breath on a window. It prevents us from seeing anything else but what is near. Tenderloin wakes up slowly every morning, but never sleeps. The only ones with hunger suction is all these bedbugs, waiting for you. There are walking men, women, and shemales for dollars along Post Street in new Orleans. Chance draws in the mist in the lungs and the brain turns off. Who wants to remember yesterday or be reminded of tomorrow? There are small puppies close under the trees sucking on the pipes in Golden Gate Park. Dirty nails are talking about their escape. How they hunt, hunt to forget, to forget how they hunt. The day is calm and the skin is indifferent. Emotions are distorted and controlled behind the skin. To wake up here, or in this single room occupancy is far from the church, turkey and hugs"

“ I strongly recommend this book to any photography lover out there. Our class in photography were lucky to meet Hannah Modigh last semester in 2012. She held a lecture for us about her work, and told us a lot about the experiences with the books "Hillbilly Heroin, Honey” and “Sunday mornin’ comin’ down”. Hannah Modigh is a brave woman, and I know that she inspired us all with her stories.“



Hannah Modigh - Hillbilly Heroin, Honey published by Journal (2010)

This book is about the people left behind from an old coal mining boom in the Appalachian mountains in the early 20th century.  Many of the people there now struggle with unemployment and poverty.  Hidden in the mountains, they’re invisible to the outside world.  The term Hillbilly Heroin is what miners called prescription pain-killer Oxycontin which was widely available on black markets.  High doses  gave a heroin-like effect.  

Modigh’s book won The Swedish Photo Book Award 2010.  It’s a great book, personal and revealing.  

I haven’t been able to find a website for Journal.  However, this shop in Sweden carries many of their books Bokus.com The book is also available in many other online shops if you search for it.