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In 2007, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria initiated a joint project with Magnum Photos to document the impact of antiretroviral treatment on the lives of people living with HIV around the world.
Through the collaboration with Magnum Photos, the Global Fund harnessed the talents of some of the best photographers in the world to capture the complex changes that take place when people who are faced with death suddenly get a new chance at life. An international team of eight noted photographers traveled to nine countries to document the transformative effects that AIDS treatment has had on 33 individuals and their families.
In India, Haiti, Mali, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, and Viet Nam, the photographers created visual chronicles that encompassed their subjects’ lives both before and after the start of treatment. Access to Life is a powerful testament to the strength and spirit of each person, the care and commitment of those around them, and the life-changing impact of treatment for AIDS, which is made available thanks to international funding.
The Access to Life exhibit opened in June of 2008 at the Corcoran Museum in Washington DC, and has since visited Madrid and Oslo, with future exhibitions planned for Oakland, California (December 2009), and for Japan as well as Australia (2010).
Magnum exhibitions are organized in collaboration with respected international museums and galleries. With approximately 200 successful exhibitions on show every year, the work of the Magnum photographers offers a broad vision of documentary photography today to a far-reaching international audience.
The Access to Life Exhibition is a powerful component to the worldwide campaign.
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