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Photographing and interviewing ACT-UP activists

March is not only Women’s History Month, but it also marks the anniversary (the 34th this year) of ACT UP–the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. Over the past twenty years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet, interview and photograph many LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS activists, many of them ACT UP activists. In the process, I’ve discovered mentors and role models.

Here are a few of my interviews and photo shoots with ACT UP activists. Hope that their stories of resilience will inspire you, too.

Acting Up: an interview with artist and activist Avram Finkelstein, originally published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Visual Impact: On Art, AIDS, and Activism, a public art installation displaying eight symbolic AIDS activist artworks, including Undetectable and Silence = Death. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Throwing in with History: an interview and photo shoot with artist, activist and author Avram Finkelstein, about his book, After Silence, originally published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Visual Impact: On Art, AIDS, and Activism, a public art installation displaying eight symbolic AIDS activist artworks, including Undetectable and Silence = Death. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Pioneer Works: a World Pride 2019 cover story interview and photo shoot with artist, activist and author Avram Finkelstein originally published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Silence = Death poster 30th anniversary - reflections
Reflections of Silence = Death poster at Leslie-Lohman Museum, on the 30th anniversary of the poster. iPhoneography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Make a Difference: a cover story interview and photo shoot with ACT UP activist and author Victoria Noe originally published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Four Questions poster then and now at Living With... show. NYU WAD 2018. ©Alina Oswald.
Four Questions Gran Fury poster then and now at Living With… show. NYU WAD 2018. ©Alina Oswald.

Retooling the Fight: an interview with ACT UP photographer Bill Bytsura originally published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

What Is Undetectable? flash collective cards. ©Alina Oswald, for A&U Magazine.

Some of the Bravest: an interview with ACT UP photographer Bill Bytsura about his book, The AIDS Activist Project, originally published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Photographing Bill Bytsura and Robert Vazquez-Pacheco at Housing Works, in New York City, at The AIDS Activist Project book event. #shotoniphone by ©Alina Oswald.

Photographing Bill Bytsura at Housing Works, in New York City, at The AIDS Activist Project book event. #shotoniphone by ©Alina Oswald.
Larry Kramer (in red) attends the premier of After Louie, in NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

For more of my interviews and photo shoots with activists, artists and authors, including my review of After Louie, a movie (featuring Alan Cumming) that I highly recommend, feel free to check out my Portfolio page.

As always, thanks for stopping by,

Alina Oswald

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