Photographing the award-winning Art from the Heart owner, filmmaker, and LGBTQ+ activist Wolfgang Busch at The A-List award ceremony in Long Island, NY
When award-winning activist and filmmaker Wolfgang Busch asked if I wanted to photograph him at this year’s A-List Award ceremony in Long Island, NY, I wholeheartedly said “Yes!” I’ve always enjoyed interviewing and photographing him, and also learned from him over the years. So, yes, I couldn’t wait to get together again. Plus, the award ceremony took place on November 4, Obama’s Election Day, so I took that as a very good sign.
The first time I interviewed Busch was in 2006, I believe. He talked to me about his award-winning documentary, How Do I Look. Over the years, he’s also shared stories about the ballroom community, the art of flagging (A Flow Affair) as well as LGBTQ+ and HIV and AIDS activism. A few years ago, Busch was so kind to ask me to work beside him, as a photographer, as he was filming his Rockumentary project (a documentary about rock music history) project.
Alina Oswald is a writer, photographer, and arts editor covering LGBTQIA, HIV and AIDS, and most recently COVID-19 related stories. Published nationally and internationally, she is a member of the Undetectable flash collective, Arts Editor of A&U--Art & Understanding Magazine and Out IN Jersey Magazine, and the author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston. Alina Oswald is also a teaching artist, offering tutoring photography sessions online and in person. Contact her at alinaoswald.com.
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