To honor World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, PopPhoto.com would like to recognize some of
the individuals and institutions working to fight the global AIDS crisis
Since it was first recognized in the early 1980s, AIDS has caused the death of more than 25 million people. Today, it is estimated that close to 40 million people worldwide are living with the disease, many without access to reliable medical care.
On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, organizations internationally will be holding events to pay tribute to those who have died or are struggling with the disease today, and to raise awareness and support for a greater global response.
In honor of the event, PopPhoto.com would like to recognize some of the individuals and institutions working to fight the global AIDS crisis using photography. It may involve going out and documenting the reality of AIDS in Africa, as do Kristen Ashburn and Steve Simon; or it may involve putting the camera in the hands of those who have been affected by AIDS or HIV, as does Picturing Hope. On either side of the lens, their work is an inspiration to all photographers who want to make a difference.
Read about their efforts and view photos on the ensuing pages.