Billy Howard's Epitaphs for the Living

June 15, 2017 - September 10, 2017 | Robert W. Woodruff Library, Level 3, Schatten Gallery

""Atlanta photographer Billy Howard began photographing people with HIV/AIDS in 1987.""

At the time, there was no effective treatment for the disease&amp;#8212;people diagnosed with it faced the potential of an agonizing death, as well as stigmatization, discrimination, and isolation because of fears and misunderstandings of the disease.<br/><br/>Once Howard printed the portraits, he asked the individuals to write on them a message about living&amp;#8212;and dying&amp;#8212;from HIV/AIDS. Together, Howard's portraits and the subjects' honest words gave distinct faces and voices to the harrowing statistics of the pandemic.

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