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 MSNBC.com: 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 MSNBC.com. 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.
If you're near Rochester, NY this Friday (June 27), don't miss the exhibition party for Ed Kashi's new book/project Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta. The exhibition is up now through September 1, 2008. Friday's exhibition party will be held from 7-9:30 pm. While you're at the museum, you can also check out work from Eli Reed's Black in America and Machines of Memory: Cameras from the Technology Collection.
Ed Kashi has recently released his latest project- Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta. Looking at the effect the past 50 years of oil exploitation has had on Nigeria's environment and society, this is a powerful project that is not to be missed. Between the book, a multimedia project, and a website with a blog and tons of links, there is a lot of really great material to pore over here.