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Access to Life: Photojournalism on AIDS

Posted Mar 27 2009 12:00am


Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
7:00 pm


The New School
Tishman Auditorium

66 West 12th Street
New York, New York

Aperture Foundation at The New School presents this panel discussion as part of the series Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context. Over the past few years a quiet global revolution has enabled millions infected by HIV to live healthy lives through the free antiretroviral treatment program initiated by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. In Access to Life (Aperture, March 2009), eight of the world's leading photojournalists, all members of Magnum Photos, follow thirty individuals in nine countries before, and four months after, they began the antiretroviral treatment, documenting the transformative effect on their bodies, their lives, and the lives of their families. Here are the faces, voices, and stories representing millions of people who would otherwise be dead if not for access to free life-saving drugs. But there are also the stories of those individuals for whom treatment came too late showing how the fight to bring access to AIDS treatment is still a difficult one. Photographers include: Jonas Bendiksen (Haiti), Jim Goldberg (India), Alex Majoli (Russia), Steve McCurry (Vietnam), Paolo Pellegrin (Mali), Gilles Peress (Rwanda), Eli Reed (Peru), and Larry Towell (South Africa and Swaziland).

The New School, Aperture, and Magnum bring together some of these photographers to speak on behalf of this project, including: Steve McCurry and Larry Towell; others to be announced.

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