Archive for the ‘Portraits’ Category

Afghan Memories Studio

The “Welcome to Exilistan” exhibition has reopened, and our studio space includes a sound and video booth collecting oral histories – memories, stories, viewpoints – from the Afghan diaspora in Berlin.


The exhibit and studio space at Rosa Luxemburg Strasse 16 in Berlin Mitte.

Find out more about this project on our brand new Afghan Memories website, which will eventually feature the videos we are currently collecting.  For now, the studio space at Rosa Luxemburg Str. 16 in Berlin Mitte is becoming a home to the expanding Newsgroup Afghanistan team of young people, and a venue for talks and exchanges.  Ongoing infos, opening hours and announcements are best followed on our Facebook page.

Meanwhile, some more pics from behind the scenes of our Vernissage and events….

Afghan Memories Studio

Afghan Memories Studio

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The Graying of AIDS in Durban


Everyone loves Sithandizele, our first participant from Botswana!

In July, the Graying of AIDS team attended the International AIDS Conference in Durban for our third installment of creating portraits and collecting oral histories on aging and HIV/AIDS. Over the course of five super productive and stimulating days we were able to interview and photograph some amazing people from Botswana, Canada, India, Jamaica, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States, and Zimbabwe for the ongoing Stories From An Aging Pandemic archive.


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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