People with AIDS / Edition 1

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This extraordinarily moving volume tells the stories of 15 people with AIDS (PWAs), laying bare the physical and psychicstet/rl devastation wreaked by the virus. The text consists of firsthand accounts by the PWAs and several epilogue-like letters and statements by family and friends (all but one of the PWAs have died). Nixon's photos are uncompromisingly realistic, showing the progressive physical degeneration that is the disease's trademark. Most affecting are pictures of Tom Moran, a former alcoholic, whose boyish face and body project both childlike hopefulness and mature stoicism. Nixon's photo of Bob Sappenfield, lying in bed being hugged by his parents, his mother looking sweetly and sadly at the camera, his father with his eyes peacefully closed, expresses indestructible parental love. Ultimately, what makes this book so powerful are the words of the PWAs themselves, which articulate the wrenching emotional evolution undergone in an attempt to reach a plateau of peace. Tragically enough, for most of these men and women, peace is found only at death. Bebe Nixon is an Emmy Award-winning television documentary producer, and Nicholas Nixon is the author of Portraits of People. (June)
Library Journal
Nicholas Nixon, a well-known photographer who has been favorably compared to Walker Evans and Diane Arbus, began to photograph AIDS patients in the summer of 1987. The 15 men and women who appear in this book responded to Nixon's call for volunteers and chose to reveal themselves throughout the stages of their illness. These photographs, which are accompanied by a text written by Bebe Nixon and feature the words of the subjects themselves, present dramatic visual evidence of the ravages of AIDS. These are not pretty pictures but they are serious works of art; like any powerful photographic image, they evoke a strong response. The reader is seeing not cold impersonal statistics but human beings confronting their mortality. A remark made by one of the participants, George Gannett, is especially telling: ``I'm learning so much about how little experience any of us has with compassion for the suffering of another person.'' The Nixons have given us a compassionate and life-affirming work that serves as a visual documentary of what it means to have AIDS. Highly recommended for public libraries and for special libraries with photography collections.--Richard Drezen, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879238865
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Series: Imago MUNDI Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 9.64 (w) x 8.73 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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