LIFE Magazine: Photo That Changed the Face of AIDS

  • dtx1

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    Dec 01, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
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    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]:
    http://life.time.com/history/behind-the-picture-the-photo-that-changed-the-face-of-aids/#1
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    Dec 01, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    Matt Barber's predictably classless spin on the photo:

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/11/matt-barber-people-with-aids-are.html
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    Dec 01, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    I remember a different series on PBS documenting the last several weeks of a man dying of AIDS....It was difficult to watch and I am so grateful it was shown.
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    Dec 01, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    That is a powerful photo, showcasing love and death.
  • OutdoorAdvent...

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    Dec 01, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting that photo. I hadn't seen it before. It speaks so many words, touches so many emotions, and brings back so many memories of losing my brother, and a handful of friends in the late 80's and early 90's. Thank God such days are over for many of us. Yet in 2011, about 1.8 million died from AIDS. Act Up.
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    Dec 01, 2012 10:49 PM GMT
    dayumm saidMatt Barber's predictably classless spin on the photo:

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/11/matt-barber-people-with-aids-are.html


    Wow...sad. In hindsight, I can almost see how those like Barber might be doubly conflicted and troubled by the photos as in them, the dying man, David Kirby, looks eerily like the stereotypical paintings of Jesus.
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    Dec 01, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    I will never understand why when Jesus gave explicit instructions to care for the sick and comfort them, Christians delight in dancing on their graves.
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    Dec 01, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    dtx1 said
    Wow...sad. In hindsight, I can almost see how those like Barber might be doubly conflicted and troubled by the photos as in them, the dying man, David Kirby, looks eerily like the stereotypical paintings of Jesus.




    This was also my first reaction to seeing this heart wrenching pic then, as now.




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    Dec 02, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    turbobilly saidI remember a different series on PBS documenting the last several weeks of a man dying of AIDS....It was difficult to watch and I am so grateful it was shown.

    "Silverlake Life: The View From Here"

    Completely uncensored, indescribably uncomfortable to watch and so graphic it makes the LIFE Magazine photos look positively benign. That documentary follows the decline of a man with AIDS, angry and bitter for all the right reasons, right down to his skeletal, mutilated death rattle. His partner, his own AIDS only slightly less advanced, filmed the documentary. Here that partner describes his documentary subject's fresh corpse:

    http://www.mrmovietimes.com/watch-now/60043234/silverlake-life-the-view-from-here
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    Dec 02, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    The pic is from a Benneton ad for clothes. The dying man is David Kirby who was an AIDS activist.

    I'll take this moment to celebrate Dr Peter Jepson Young. I remember when he first 'came out' to Vancouver, full of life and vigour.

    *grieving*

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    Dec 02, 2012 3:26 AM GMT


    I remember when the AIDS epidemic began to hit our local community hospital back in the mid/late 80’s. There was such a lack of knowledge and resources on how to provide care. Much of it was palliating the symptoms of the disease. Many of these men died alone. A few had their devoted mother’s at their bedside. It was a sad time with a lot of fear and hate.
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    Dec 02, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
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  • barriehomeboy

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    Dec 02, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    Are you sadiistic? What's the point of the tears you produced?
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:03 AM GMT

    Lest we forget, barriehomeboy, which it appears too many do. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    Lest we forget, barriehomeboy, which it appears too many do. icon_wink.gif


    +1
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
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    meninlove said
    Lest we forget, barriehomeboy, which it appears too many do. icon_wink.gif


    +1


    Thanks, one-of-my-favourite-people.

    *hugs you*
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    SleepyFisherman said
    meninlove said
    Lest we forget, barriehomeboy, which it appears too many do. icon_wink.gif


    +1


    Thanks, one-of-my-favourite-people.

    *hugs you*


    Right back at ya my friend! *bearhug*
  • zakariahzol

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    Dec 02, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    I say the first image that I remember about the danger and how horrible AIDS is , when Rock Hudson appear as in Dynasty back in the 80s. Since I was a fan of Rock Hudson (McMillan And Wife), I was looking forward to see him in Dynasty.

    To my surprise he look so different to the point of unrecognizable. Rock was overweight mature guy with this manly mature look In Mc Millan and Wife. The guy in Dynasty in a weakling , skinny, tall sickly fellow . I tought he have cancer or any other fatally diseases.
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    Dec 02, 2012 9:21 AM GMT
    thatirishbastard saidI will never understand why when Jesus gave explicit instructions to care for the sick and comfort them, Christians delight in dancing on their graves.


    Dude +∞