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aldyn mckean

Aldyn McKean

Aldyn McKean, New York, 1993

Aldyn McKean lived across the street from me, on East 14th, between 2nd and 3rd Ave. in Manhattan. I remember as I was photographing him, he pulled up his shirt to show me the tube he used when he hooked himself up to the dialysis machine. He asked to include some photographs of that in the session.

Then a year or so later he called me. He said he was going to an opening, I think it was at the Museum of Modern Art. He went on to say, “There are no photographs of me in a tuxedo and this may well be the last chance to do one”. He was just leaving his apartment for the opening, I quickly set up the equipment and we did the shoot.

Aldyn was a frequent spokesman for Act Up, and often represented ACT UP at international AIDS conferences and on national television.

Aldyn died on February 28, 1994

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