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Susan Stellin & Graham Macindoe

Reporter/photographer and co-authors of the memoir Chancers
“There are at least 25 million people in recovery from serious problems with alcohol and drugs in America—we need to be talking more about how they got sober or clean.”

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Susan Stellin, a reporter, and Graham MacIndoe, a photographer, are co-authors of the memoir Chancers, published in 2016 by Random House – Ballantine Books. Told in chapters that alternate between their two points of view, it chronicles Graham’s struggle with heroin addiction, arrest, incarceration, and recovery, as well as his fight to avoid getting deported back to Scotland. After he won his case, they were awarded a fellowship from the Alicia Patterson Foundation for their project American Exile, a series of interviews and portraits showing families divided by deportation, which was exhibited at photography festivals in New York and Sydney. Their work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, New York magazine,, and many other publications, and they both teach at The New School in New York City.

Long before they met, Susan graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in political science and Graham earned a master’s degree in photography from The Royal College of Art in London. In 2017, he will have a solo exhibit at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh: “Coming Clean,” a series of self-portraits he took during his years of addiction.