Guns, drugs and murder: Remarkable photos capture brutal reality of life in New York’s most notorious neighbourhoods

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This gangster, pictured in Brooklyn in 2004, is now serving life in prison for murder

Dressed in shorts and a baseball cap, a gangster confidently brandishes two guns as he stands in a darkly lit, underground corridor.

Captured in one of New York’s most notorious areas in the 2000s, the man is now serving life behind bars after being convicted of murder .

The remarkable snap, taken by Brooklyn-based photographer Boogie, is part of a collection of images documenting ‘a world closed to outsiders’.

The pictures reveal the brutal reality of the lives of gang members, drug dealers and addicts in some of the Big Apple’s most crime -stricken neighbourhoods.

This former crack dealer, seen posing in Bushwick in 2003, lost his eye in a street fight A rat hangs from a street sign – a warning from the Latin Kings to a ‘snitch’, who was apparently later killed This house, pictured in Buschwick in 2005, was covered in dried blood Boogie said this young woman would be ‘all happy and nice’ before she shot up – but then her face would change

In one shot, an enormous rat can be seen hanging from a street sign – a warning from the Latin Kings to a ‘snitch’, who was apparently later killed.

In another, a crack addict and former dealer who lost an eye in a street fight is pictured posing with what looks like a glass eye in his mouth.

And in a third, a 23-year-old woman shoots up drugs in a bathroom in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Boogie, whose real name is Vladimir Milivojevich, later remarked that the woman would ‘be all happy and nice’ before she injected herself with the substances.

The photos, captured in New York’s most crime-stricken neighbourhoods, feature guns, money and drugs This man, pictured in Queensbridge, Queens, in 2004, pulled out his TEC9 pistol from under the table This pitbull was trained to fight by the man’s uncle. He later bit a baby so was put down

But afterwards, ‘her face would change completely’ and she would look ‘so miserable’.

The images, captured in Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Queensbridge throughout the 2000s, are among many published in a 10th anniversary edition of It’s All Good .

The book ‘chronicles the predators and the prey of New York City’s drug game at the start of the new millennium’ with images and testimonials.

To capture his photos, Boogie, originally from Serbia, gained intimate access into the world of gangsters, drug dealers and addicts in New York.

The images are among many published in a 10th anniversary edition of It’s All Good To capture his photos, Boogie, originally from Serbia, gained intimate access into the world of gangsters and drug dealers Boogie said that, in the world he captured, people were killed ‘over $20’

Speaking to VICE , he said: "People always say you shouldn’t cross certain lines, but the deeper you go the better shots you take, and no one can tell you where those lines are.

"Then, all of sudden, you’re in the middle of madness and it becomes very interesting."

He added that, in the world he captured, people were killed ‘over $20’.