The photographer Kristen Ashburn, whose unforgettable images of the human impact of AIDS in Africa made a powerful impact at TED a couple years back, has just opened her first public exhibition in New York.
For a taste, take a few minutes to watch this. Better yet, check it out in person at 401 West Street sometime this month. The images are backlit, and are supplemented by a series of striking full-face portraits that line the corridor as you walk in.
On Tuesday night I’m hosting a salon there. Details follow. If this issue stirs you, please come. It’s not all doom and gloom. Many powerful initiatives are having an impact. It’s an evil that can be defeated. But it all starts with insight and motivation. That’s why these pictures matter.
401 Projects presents:
AIDS & PHOTOGRAPHY
WHAT MORE CAN PICTURES DO?
A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION with
Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize Winner & Author
Maryanne Golon, Photo Editor, Time Magazine
Leigh Blake, President and Founder, Keep A Child Alive
Since AIDS first exploded into the public consciousness twenty-five years ago, photography has offered the world its most visceral glimpse of the disease’s human toll. Have viewers been moved to action or developed an immunity to the tragedy the images depict? How can photographers, and the media alike, navigate their way between impact and overload? Set to the backdrop of Kristen Ashburn’s, Bloodline: AIDS & Family exhibition, these issues, and more, will be discussed.
Chris Anderson of the TED Conference will moderate the evening.
7:30 PM Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Space is limited, please RSVP to:
401 West Street @ Charles Street, New York