Portraits in the Time of AIDS
- Jones, Therese
- Date of entry: Jul-03-1998
This collection of twenty-seven images was culled from an exhibition featuring seventy-five individuals with AIDS photographed over a ten-month period in the late 1980s. Solomon’s project recalls the work of photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans who chronicled the devastation of rural America during the Great Depression. However, Solomon eschews the spontaneity of documentary photography for the formality of portraiture so that the figure itself is always at the center of the picture plane. Ranging in format from single full-figures to group images, from dramatic close-up facial shots to nearly abstract still-lifes, these images capture the humanity of the diverse persons affected by AIDS.
16 pp. text, includes preface and introduction by Thomas W. Sokolowski and statement by the artist; 27 black and white plates.
Grey Art Gallery & Studio Center, New York Univ., New York (1988)