A reflection on the beauty and strength of diversity

“A photographer can be a storyteller. Images of experiences captured on film, when put together like words, can weave tales of feeling and emotion as bold as literature."

—Philip Brookman

Chief Curator at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

When choosing images for this piece, I included many that to me reflect the diversity of the HIV/AIDS movement I wish I saw more of in the earlier days of the epidemic. However, in 2022 we can identify many more voices and experiences, all of which represent people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. This 40-year epidemic has grown to be a significant driving force in providing specific, community-based interventions and solutions for more positive health outcomes, especially for many marginalized and vulnerable individuals and communities. I hope that these powerful moments, captured digitally and collected over a couple of decades working with some of the most amazing people in the HIV community, will leave you with bold feelings and emotions as profound and as unique as the individuals captured in each.