Life & Death in Black & White


From The GLBT History Museum’s website:


“Life and Death in Black and White” focuses on the work of five queer photographers who documented the emergence of militant AIDS activism in San Francisco through the medium of black-and-white film. With sharp focus and deep compassion, they turned their lenses on their own community, capturing sorrow and outrage, courage and wit, a fierce will to live and a deep commitment to honor the dying and remember the dead.

The featured photographers are Jane Philomen Cleland, Patrick Clifton, Marc Geller, Rick Gerharter and Daniel Nicoletta. Some of their images of AIDS activism have become iconic; others have never before been publicly displayed. All of them portray civil disobedience as a response to discrimination, indifference and official neglect in the face of a fatal epidemic. All bear forceful witness to a time when San Francisco experienced both some of its darkest hours and one of its most inspiring movements for social justice.

“Life and Death and Black and White” has received rave reviews from the national and local media. The Huffington Post notes that “the exhibition highlights the pain, the rage and the bravery involved in the fight for AIDS awareness. The crisp and clean black and white photos bring a feeling of control and simplicity to a time of chaos, when an unnamed disease targeted half of the city’s gay men and government agencies seemed incapable of listening.” The Bay Area Reporter calls the show “a concise, laser-focused exhibition” that “distills the tenor of those times.”

The exhibition runs from March 4 through July 1, 2012.


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