Bearing Witness (To AIDS) book


Bearing Witness (To AIDS)

Bearing Witness (To AIDS) is a collection of black and white photographs by Thomas McGovern that explores the devastating, and sometimes beautiful truths of the AIDS pandemic in the U.S.

McGovern's project covers the ten-year period from 1987-1997, a time of intense AIDS activism which forced the pandemic into the cultural and political dialogue. People with HIV/AIDS, rejecting the label of 'victim', are seen actively taking control of their lives and their medical treatment in this straightforward and sober account.

In McGovern's words, "this is not really a documentary project, it's an attempt to merge the didactic and the expressive... I'm an artist, not a journalist and I don't pretend to be unbiased or objective in my view of the crisis. What I am trying to do is demonstrate some of the depth of people's experiences about AIDS, and particularly, my own experience of it."

Published by Visual AIDS and A.R.T Press
hardcover, 129 pages, full page b&w photograph reproductions
10" x 10"
ISBN: 0-923183-24-8