Infected or Affected: A Photographer’s Multimedia Project

Matthew Lloyd, a London-based editorial and commercial photographer, recently went to South Africa to create a project about AIDS for Bishop Simeon Trust. He’s mainly a still photographer and didn’t originally intend for the project to be multimedia heavy. When he arrived to shoot though, Lloyd felt multimedia was the right medium for the project. The project he created, Infected or Affected is a moving multimedia piece that puts a face on the harsh statistics that are a reality in South Africa today: One in two women are raped, one in three girls complete secondary school, 12 percent of the population has HIV/AIDS. Having done only some short multimedia pieces in the past, this piece is the first in-depth multimedia project in his portfolio. He shot and produced the project on his own and used the MediaStorm Online Training videos to help him through the process. He learned a lot about the…

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I Am Because We Are – Kristen Ashburn’s new exhibition at PowerHouse

If you're in NYC between March 25 and April 19, you should plan a trip out to the powerHouse Arena (in DUMBO), to see the exhibition of images from Kristen Ashburn's new book, I Am Because We Are. “I AM BECAUSE WE ARE is a book that touches the heart. In photographing the grieving, devastated, still beautiful, children of Malawi, victims of the AIDS epidemic that has murdered their parents, Kristen Ashburn gives everyone on the planet the opportunity to come to the aid of those most bereaved and helpless in this world,” said Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple. “It is a rare gift she gives: for we know in our deepest emotions that without the world coming to the defense and care of these children, the least of these, there will be no world peace.” I Am Because We Are is the companion volume to the acclaimed…

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Worth Watching: Magnum Access to Life Project, and Ed Kashi on NPR

Eight Magnum photographers spent time photographing thirty people in 9 countries around the world, both before and 4 months after starting antiretroviral treatment for AIDS. From Tobha Nzima lost her 8-year-old son and two partners to AIDS and was near death herself, but after taking free antiretroviral drugs she got better. Tobha's story and many others are depicted by Magnum photographers in "Access to Life," a multimedia project funded by The Global Fund to document efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in nine nations. NBC's Ann Curry reports. You can see the full Access to Life project, or the images in a slideshow on Also worth checking out: yesterday's edition of Weekend Edition Sunday on NPR featured photojournalist Ed Kashi talking about his work and new book, Curse of the Black Gold, covering the last 50 years of the effect oil has had on the Niger Delta.  Listen to the interview.

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