All posts by Alina Oswald

Alina Oswald is a writer, photographer and educator documenting the AIDS pandemic and the LGBTQ+ community. She is a member of the Undetectable flash collective, Arts Editor of A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine, and author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of award-winning, legally blind photographer and HIV/AIDS activist Kurt Weston, as we as a frequent guest on shows and panels discussing HIV and AIDS, photography, and women empowerment. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, as well as in New York City shows and galleries, including Fresh Fruit Festival at Leslie-Lohman Museum, Postcards from the Edge at Visual AIDS, La Vie Galerie and juried exhibitions at Soho Photo Gallery. Alina Oswald also teaches photography and covers portraits, editorials, events, and promotional photography, as well as nature and the environment. Contact her at

Comfort, the hospital navy ship arrives in NYC for relief with COVID-19. It will take care of non-COVID-19 patients.

Coronavirus Pandemic – Snapshots

Capturing the Coronavirus pandemic in words and images To borrow from Jonathan Larson's "Seasons of Love" [RENT, the musical], I wonder how do we measure a month in a life defined by the Coronavirus? I've never lived through a pandemic. I've been covering HIV and AIDS for almost twenty years, oftentimes through the stories of ...

Green Surgical Mask. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Coronavirus: Reflections On

Thoughts on living in a time marked by the Coronavirus pandemic First and foremost, I hope this finds all of you well, safe, and healthy. I realize that this is my second consecutive post on Coronavirus (and won't be my last) but please bear with me. I promise I'll post something more uplifting, soon. "An ...

Hand - Self-Portraits in Black-and-White. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Reflecting on Self, Creative Work and Life in a Time of Coronavirus

...and any extreme situation we might find ourselves in, for that matter As individuals we often find ourselves having to face many kinds of extreme situations--man-made or nature-made. Oftentimes, these extreme situations change our lives and our views on life. So, how about today, in a time of Coronavirus? COVID-19 has forced many of us--on ...

Haleakala Observatory. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Learning Through Photographs

Images as Sources of Information A picture is worth a thousand words, and much, much more. An image doesn't only tell a story, visually, but it can also be also a fountain of information. It helps us learn more about photography, for example, how to interpret an image or "read" the visual story it tells. ...

Carnival mask in black and white - pano. photo by Alina Oswald.

Gear (and Self) Care in a Time of Coronavirus

On keeping yourself and your photo gear as safe as possible when photographing on location in a time of coronavirus "Go wash your hands!" My mom would say every time I would show up for any meal. An infectious disease doctor treating contagious diseases day in and day out, she never, ever brought home any ...

Self-Portraits. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Self-Portraits: B&W and DoF

self-portraits in black and white

Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Four Freedoms Park Photography

Art as a Means for Exploring, Documenting and Learning from History While oftentimes underappreciated, art is perhaps a multi-layered, complex application of human creative expression. In many ways, art is a universal language; a way of self-expression; a tool through which we learn about history, document our present and dare to envision our future. Roosevelt ...