Living with Aids: A Photographic Journal

Living with Aids: A Photographic Journal

by Sal Lopes, Vicki Goldberg
     
 
A moving & inspiring look at how people — whether actually infected or close to those who are — have come to grips with AIDS. Determined & courageous, they demonstrate ways in which they have fashioned full, vital lives in the face of this illness, & show that infection with the HIV virus need not lead to object fear & despair. These stirring photos fall

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A moving & inspiring look at how people — whether actually infected or close to those who are — have come to grips with AIDS. Determined & courageous, they demonstrate ways in which they have fashioned full, vital lives in the face of this illness, & show that infection with the HIV virus need not lead to object fear & despair. These stirring photos fall into 3 sections. The Quilt is an inspiring look at the AIDS memorial Quilt; The Buddies are volunteers who have become caregivers for people with AIDS. The Boyce Family cared enough about children born with HIV to make them part of their adoptive family.

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Library Journal
In her introductory essay to Living with AIDS, Goldberg elucidates both the strengths and ultimate failing of these two black-and-white photo collections. Opening with an analysis of popular-media coverage of AIDS, she notes that ``the news all too often opted for cheap drama.'' In these two books, both photographers avoid easy sentiment, neither pitying nor lionizing their subjects. Lopes's work is perhaps more revealing, capturing PWAs (people with AIDS) and their friends in their own environments. Lopes has compiled three separate essays. Analogous to his earlier collection on the Viet Nam memorial (The Wall, LJ 11/15/87), his first collection here captures the emotional responses of visitors to the AIDS quilt. His next group offers dual portraits of PWAs and their volunteer caregivers, called buddies. The third collection offers candid and posed pictures of John and Sharon Boyce and their adopted HIV-positive children. In Living Proof, Jones poses her PWA and HIV-positive subjects in the studio, inviting them to bring along whoever or whatever gives them strength. These are meant to be uplifting photos, exploring the positive energy and attitudes of her subjects, and they succeed on that level. As in Lopes's book, however, there is an implicit expectation of a shared insight that both of these books fail to deliver. As Goldberg concludes, ``The extent and ramifications of AIDS...cannot be compassed by photography.'' Recommended only for large AIDS collections.-Eric Bryant, ``Library Journal''

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821220818
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
11.85(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.76(d)

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