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Tim Courtney

Posted on April 17, 2014 by in Columns, Ruby's Rap

Tim Courtney Ruby’s Rap by Ruby Comer “Ruby, do you want to play doctor? This time let me be the doctor, okay?” This childhood memory flashes through my noggin’ when I see an old chum, Tim Courtney, at an AIDS fundraiser in San Diego. Tim and I used to be neighbors and one time during [...]

Positive Pictures

Posted on August 27, 2013 by in Gallery

Positive Pictures Paul Schulz & Christian Lütjens Help Us Visualize Gay Male History by Chael Needle Positive Pictures: A Gay History (Bruno Gmünder) assembles an archive of images that asks us, when reflecting on contemporary gay realities, to see AIDS differently—the lifebeat within the loss, the dream within the nightmare, the epiphanies within the epidemic. [...]

Gallery: Duane Cramer

Posted on May 22, 2013 by in Gallery

Ancestry & Artistry Photographer Duane Cramer Talks with A&U’s Sean Black About His “Family” Portraits Duane Cramer’s clean, intimate photographic style grew out of an ingrained aesthetic that was planted early on in his childhood psyche by the (photographic) representations of his ancestral lineage. This familial dialogue underscores the diverse collection of creative works by [...]

Edo Zollo/Stand Tall get Snapped

Posted on February 15, 2013 by in Gallery

How You Connect Photographer Edo Zollo talks with A&U’s Chael Needle about documenting the diversity of living with HIV/AIDS *** Thirty portraits of thirty people living with HIV/AIDS from all walks of life and from all over the U.K.—a new exhibition of work, two years in the making, from photographer Edo Zollo has finished a [...]

Darcy Padilla

Posted on June 19, 2012 by in Gallery

Heartbreak & Humanity Photographer Darcy Padilla Addresses the Complexities of Poverty and the Difficult Task of Documenting Pain by Sean Black It was February 28, 1993, and Darcy Padilla and Julie Baird were seemingly destined to meet. For over a year, Padilla had been traveling with a medical team, consisting of a doctor, a nurse [...]

Making the Change

Posted on February 13, 2012 by in Gallery

Facing the Faces of HIV, a New Florida Anti-HIV Stigma Project Rolls Out by Alina Oswald How many ways can one tell a story? How many times? …How long until we fall asleep? The story I’m talking about is the story of AIDS. For three decades and counting millions of people have been living it. [...]

A Day with HIV in America

Posted on December 20, 2011 by in Noteworthy, Positively Literary

10:30 AM: Vacaville, CA: Phillip was adopted by Amanda Proctor and her partner: [Phillip's] biomother was infected during pregnancy and he showed up positive at six months-old. Thirty years have molded the face of AIDS into various shapes and forms dictated by the disease itself, medications, shame, and stigma. The modern-day face of AIDS is [...]

In America

Posted on December 16, 2011 by in Gallery

Photographer Scott Pasfield Finds Inspiration in the Stories of Gay Men by Lester Strong In the Preface to his recently released book Gay in America (Welcome Books, 2011), photographer Scott Pasfield writes: “Ever since I can remember, I’ve known I was more interested in boys than girls. It has always been part of who I [...]

Richard Phibbs

Posted on November 11, 2011 by in Ruby's Rap

Ruby Comer by Ruby Comer “Beauty.” When I think of that word, what comes to mind, besides…moi? Well, let’s see. There’s Jungle Red nail polish, a hot Latin man with full lips, and laughing with my gal pals till my body aches. Another beauty would be Richard Phibbs. Why? Three reasons: Richard’s photography, he works [...]