This is from Lincoln Clarkes' “Heroines” series at the Museum of Vancouver, which is running as a complement to their street photography exhibition centred around Foncie Pulice. Clarkes began shooting street-involved women in the Downtown Eastside in 1997 and eventually compiled them into a book. It was a little controversial when it came out because the DTES was getting a lot of media attention and the most vulnerable people in the city were sometimes treated like zoo animals or lab rats. His photos, however, are quite beautiful without sanitizing the bleak context and don’t come off as exploitative or voyeuristic, in my opinion, likely because he took the time to build relationships with many of the women. The remains of some of the women he photographed were found on the farm of Robert Pickton and others have since died from overdoses.
On Aug. 21, 1968, armies of five Warsaw Pact countries — the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and East Germany — invaded Czechoslovakia to crush democratic reforms known as the Prague Spring. The invaders killed 108 people while 500 were seriously injured.