the AIDS activist project
In late 1988, I found myself in a meeting of the AIDS activist group, ACT UP New York. I was told to go there. My partner of 7 years had just died of AIDS, this was supposed to be the place for me to be.
ACT UP was a grass roots group of activists who came together after the fiery1987 call to action speech by Larry Kramer in New York.
They were loud, they were impassioned, they were scary, most of all they were angry. And they were effective, they changed the course of AIDS history.
As I became more familiar with ACT UP and its members I saw how dedicated they were and how committed to their cause they were. I though ‘People need to know…”
I began this project in early 1989 in New York City. I got to know people in the group better and being a photographer, it was just natural for me to want to photograph them.
The people in this book fought to challenge the approach to AIDS. Today, with out them, we might not be where we are today. This movement, these people are a part of LGBTQ her/history and proved to be an effective activist group.
It’s hard for some to remember the early days of the epidemic and how we got to where we are now. Today AIDS is not the killer it used to be.
This book is dedicated to the power of activism, the spirit of the people who grace its pages, It is dedicated to the ones we lost along the way. They did not die in vain, their activism and spirit lives on today.
Please visit “the images” section of this site to see work from the book.
the AIDS activist project is an independently produced and distributed book. It is available for purchase here.