The AIDS Activist Project

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By Bill Bytsura

The AIDS Activist Project features 62 powerful and stunning portraits of AIDS activists taken during the years 1989 through 1998. These are the people who took to the streets using direct action to call attention to the AIDS crisis. These are the people who took it upon themselves to fight back, fight against bigotry hatred and ignorance. These are the people that fought for a cure to end one of the deadliest epidemics in history. They fought for infected or affected by AIDS, they fought for their friends, they fought for their lives. Though some are no longer with us, their activism and spirit paved the way and lives on today. The black and white portraits are reproduced with great care and detail. Many of the images in the book are accompanied by statements giving an intimate feel for the experiences of the AIDS activists featured in the book. In some cases the original documents written by the subject are featured in the book as well. This book is a beautiful and moving tribute to all the people who we lost to AIDS and to those who continue the fight today.

The work from this project, "the AIDS activist project" is part of the Downtown New York Collection at Fales Library, which documents the arts and cultural scene from the 1970s through 1990s.


  • Hardcover; English; 122 pages
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Dimensions: 9 x 11 inches (W x L)
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