Dec 01, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
In honor of World AIDS Day, LIFE Magazine has republished a set of moving photos from a 1990 story about the final days of a man dying of AIDS and the loving care given to him by his family, and by a special caregiver who was also HIV positive. The editors suggest that the touching photo showing David Kirby in his last moments being embraced by his father was 'the photo that changed the face of AIDS.' In any case, it is a beautiful and haunting photo.
I was just coming out in the early 1990s and remember with solemn sadness those years when it seemed like almost every week someone I knew had died of AIDS. I sometimes still wonder how the world might be different if that huge portion of my generation of gay men hadn't been wiped out by the disease.
Here's the article and rest of the photos [edit: link corrected]: