Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context - Access to Life: Photojournalism on AIDS

Aperture at The New School Wed 22 Apr 2009 7.00PM-9.00PM The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
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In the book Access to Life (Aperture, March 2009), eight of the worlds leading photojournalists, all members of Magnum Photos, follow thirty individuals in nine countries before they undergo antiretroviral treatment, and four months after the treatment with the intention of documenting the transformative effect the procedure has on their bodies, their lives, and the lives of their families. While we are able to bear witness to the faces, voices and stories of those whose lives are saved by being granted access to modern medicines, we are also confronted with the stories of those for whom treatment came too late, reminding us just how difficult the struggle to provide AIDS treatment truly is. The New School, Aperture, and Magnum bring together some of these photographers to speak on behalf of this project.

Fred Ritchin, Associate Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and Director of PixelPress.

Kristen Ashburn, documentary photographer and former picture editor of Time magazine
Jim Goldberg, Professor of Art at the California College of Arts and Crafts and a member of Magnum Photograph (WITHDRAWN)
MaryAnne Golon, independent photography editor, media consultant, and former picture editor of TIME magazine
Larry Towell, photographer
Gilles Peress, photojournalist of Magnum Photograph
Mark Lubell, Chief Bureau of Magnum Photograph New York

This event is part of "Confounding Expectations V: Photography in Context," an Aperture Foundation Lecture Series which is made possible in part by public funds from New York State Council for the Arts, a State Agency, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition, this program receives generous support from the Kettering Family Foundation and the Henry Nias Foundation.