Hal Haner, New York, 1989
Hal Haner, 1958 – 1990, was the first person I photographed for this project. This image was taken at my studio on East 14th Street in New York City in 1989.
A few weeks after we did the shoot, he came to the studio and I showed him the contact sheets. He picked out this image as his favorite. He said he liked what was going on with the contrast between Reagans face and his own. I last saw him at a demonstration in 1990. He would walk the picket line once or twice, then take a break sitting on a newspaper dispenser on the sidewalk to catch his breath. He was weakened by AIDS, but continued to fight and held on to the hope of a cure as long as he could.
Hal Haner died on July 7, 1990.