This month head over to Washington DC’s Corcoran Gallery of Art and check out a featured exhibit, Access to Life. This is a photographic display that documents the so-called ‘Lazarus effect’ of anti-retroviral drug therapies on people living with AIDS. The Corcoran website describes the exhibit as such,

In 2007, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria initiated a joint project with Magnum Photos to graphically document the positive impact that free antiretroviral drug treatment is having on the lives of millions of AIDS patients around the world.

To document its efforts, the Global Fund turned to photographic cooperative Magnum Photos in order to utilize the talents of the some of the best photographers in the world. An international team of eight noted photographers traveled to nine countries to document the transformative effects of treatment on more than thirty individuals and their families.

The Magnum photographers disbursed to India, Haiti, Mali, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland and Vietnam, and, “created visual chronicles that encompassed their subjects’ lives both before and after drug treatments.” To view images and read stories from the project, go to The Global Fund Access to Life website

India-Jim Goldman/Magnum Photos

Mali-Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos

The exhibit will be displayed at The Corcoran Gallery through July 20th. From there, it will move through Mexico City, Paris, London, Berlin, and Rome. A book will be produced to coincide with the European leg of the tour.

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