Pandemic: Facing AIDS
Over 100 award-winning, international photographers
Essays by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer, Documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, Editor and Curator Nan Richardson, and noted global economist Jeffrey Sachs and Sonia Erlich Sachs.
Written highlights of the book include essays by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer, documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, editor and curator Nan Richardson, and noted global economist Jeffrey Sachs. More than one hundred international photographers, including Genín Andradea, Mary Berridge, Alessandro Balteo, Nancy Burson, John Dugdale, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Aleksandr Glyadyelov, Nan Goldin, Gran Fury, Sunil Gupta, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Don McCullin, Gideon Mendel, James Nachtwey, Nicholas Nixon, Gilles Peress, Paolo Pellegrin, Richard Sawdon Smith, Oscar Sanchez Gómez, Gary Schneider, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, Joao Silva, David Wojnarowicz, and others contributed the images that crystallize the moments of emotional devasation and inspriation this crisis has produced.
The book is also notable because it is an extraordinary contribution to a multi-faceted public information campaign. In addition to the Umbrage-published book, other project components include an HBO documentary film, a major traveling international exhibition, an education packet, a music CD, a Website, and a series of public service announcements. Generous sponsorship of this project was provided by the AOL Time Warner Foundation, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and others.
The legacy of this work, gathered from all corners of the globe, is a call to action and a challenge to each of us: to work toward a world without AIDS. In our world today, there are forty million people living with HIV/AIDS, forty million different stories of hardship, pain, and anger, but also of hope, courage, and resilience. Pandemic’s stirring and groundbreaking images from around the world bring us face-to-face with the epidemic, in work that has been used over the last 20 years to document and to educate, to agitate and protest, to salute friends lost and to mourn the deaths of family and strangers alike.
Pandemic provides the most comprehensive review of this work ever before assembled: Covering a broad range of approaches to the topic, from documentary to portraiture, this collection conveys the despair, anger, courage, and ultimately, hope, with which the photographic community has faced the AIDS pandemic.