Access to Life: The Global Fund
Eight Magnum photographers capture the external aspects of the lives of individuals marked by AIDS
Supported by The Global Fund on the ground, eight Magnum photographers – Jonas Bendiksen, Jim Goldberg, Alex Majoli, Steve McCurry, Paolo Pellegrin, Gilles Peress, Eli Reed, and Larry Towell – embraced the responsibility to visualize the external aspects of the lives of individuals marked by AIDS and its afflictions.
It wasn’t only the people suffering from the disease with whom the artists interacted, it also extended to their loved ones, their children and parents. In bringing them together for this exhibition, Access to Life proposes that these citizens of nine separate countries are unified beyond borders in their collective struggle to forestall mortality and to participate in networks of compassion and solicitude.
The resulting body of work was first shown at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington in 2008 and has since been exhibited and published widely.