Archive for the ‘portraits’ Category

On Borrowed Time – revisited

In honor of this year’s World AIDS Day, I decided to reach out to some of the former Camp Heartland kids who were featured in the OSF Moving Walls 11 exhibition, or had been profiled in the book that I co-produced for the HIV/AIDS NGO‘s peer prevention outreach. It has been 15 years since I first began photographing and interviewing teens who were facing the continuing stigma surrounding HIV, and all these years later, given our new sharing culture and social media connectivity, it seemed time to follow up.

The series ran over at the Open Society Foundation’s Instagram feed this week, presenting updates on the young people’s lives, as well as their thoughts on growing up, secrecy and disclosure, friendship and loss, and surviving against the odds. To be continued.


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December 8th, 2015

Introducing Well Beyond HIV

I am thrilled to share the latest adventure in The Graying of AIDS project’s ongoing saga: we just launched a new collaboration with Walgreens, a national pharmacy chain that has been committed to HIV treatment and testing over many years. This month saw the Miami debut of Well Beyond HIV, a traveling exhibition and campaign featuring personal narratives and portraits of people living and aging with HIV.

Well Beyond HIV

Well Beyond HIV

This promises to be a great opportunity to reach new audiences and draw attention to the aging of the epidemic, and we’re super excited to find out where this project is going to keep going. For now, next step: San Francisco!! Go team!!

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Melbourne! International AIDS Conference 2015

Here’s a quick preview of our latest participatory Graying of AIDS installation at AIDS2015. But first and foremost, a HUGE Thank You!! to all of our backers and supporters during the whirlwind, last minute Indiegogo fundraiser that made it all possible.

As usual, we were much too busy producing new work and interacting with visitors to our installation site to do a thorough job of documenting our process. But here are some snapshots, and to sum it all up: going half way around the word to continue our global series on aging and HIV was worth it in every way imaginable, and we can’t wait to share some of the amazing new portraits and interviews.

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Mothers in Charge, Chicago

Late last summer, I went to my former home town for the German magazine Brigitte to photograph an inspiring group of women who are organizing against gun violence on the South Side. I only had a couple of days to spend with Carolyn, Shirley and Mary, but their resolve and dedication to fight for their community in the face of the senseless tragedy that took their children and destroyed their families will stay with me. Here’s to some strong women:

Mothers in Charge Chicago

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March 9th, 2014

For Valentines Day: Real Age = Real Sexy

Age Is Not A Condom

Meet Anna and Paul, and Ty and David, the first two couples who volunteered to participate in ACRIA‘s upcoming “Age is Not a Condom” campaign, produced in collaboration with The Graying of AIDS. We’re still looking for couples who might like to participate in this campaign, to be photographed throughout February.

If you or someone you know might be interested, we are looking for 60-something New Yorkers who are ready to show a little skin for a good cause! More details here: To apply, write us at

Tearsheets: Businessweek for World AIDS Day


Big thanks to Donna Cohen and the multimedia team at Businessweek for making our Graying Pandemic series look fantastic!
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December 12th, 2013

Tearsheets: Cissy Houston portrait

Cissy Houston


A portrait shoot for German Bild am Sonntag: Cissy Houston discusses the just published memoir of her life with Whitney.
Photographed at the W Hotel, Hoboken, NJ.

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July 10th, 2013

Tearsheets: Cindy Gallop for Libertine Magazine (UK)

Cindy Gallop Portraits

New cross-platform work: I created these portraits and a short video of Cindy Gallop – ad agency maven, Ted Talk phenomenon, web entrepreneur and 21st century sexual etiquette revolutionary – for Libertine, a brand new British magazine for women that aims to “celebrate inner life over outer appearance.”  I’ll have to take their word for it, since the content is only available in print, but “columns on swearing, also manners, a powerful essay on self respect by the great Joan Didion, some stunning luxury photography, fiction, fountain pens, business, biohacking and 3D printed dolls” sounds potentially promising. View the rest of this entry »

May 28th, 2013

Tearsheets: New Orleans Magazine


For New Orleans Magazine‘s March issue, portraits to accompany a Q&A session with playwright John Patrick Shanley, author of the amazing Doubt, a Parable.

March 10th, 2013

Politics, elsewhere. Inviolata Mmbwavi runs for Kenyan parliament.

As of today, Inviolata Mmbwavi is officially a candidate for Lurambi constituency for the March 4th elections in Kenya. As one of the country’s most outspoken women AIDS activists, she hopes to make history by winning the support of her rural home area after making her home in the capital for all of her adult life.

When she was first diagnosed with HIV at age 19, Mmbwavi felt ostracized and discriminated against at home; it took her moving to Nairobi to find her voice and join forces with other HIV activists to battle the stigma.

Besides her AIDS activism, however, she is  inspired to run for office to ensure that the progressive women and minority rights enshrined in Kenya’s new 2010 constitution will be upheld. Women are guaranteed 1/3 representation in parliament – and like her, many women’s rights activists are gearing up for the outcome of the election and how that quota will be dealt with.

I photographed Mmbwavi last October, when she was in New York to meet supporters.  Read Andy Kopsa’s article to find out more about her. You can find her facebook group (and fundraiser) here.


January 31st, 2013