Thomas McGovern: Bearing Witness (to AIDS)
Thomas McGovern has contributed more than 100 photographs from his series on the AIDS crisis to the Artstor Digital Library.
Taken between 1987 and 1997, the photographs portray individuals with AIDS and activist demonstrations in the U.S. "While I have photographed many aspects of the crisis since 1987, it is the portraits of people with AIDS that are central to the project and it is around these that the other photos of events revolve," McGovern writes.
Thomas McGovern is a photographer, writer, and educator, and the author of Bearing Witness (to AIDS), Amazing Grace, Hard Boys + Bad Girls, and, most recently, Vital Signs (Heyday, 2013). His photographs are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Baltimore Museum of Art; The Museum of the City of New York; and the New York Historical Society, among others. His art reviews and features have appeared in Afterimage, Artweek, Art Issues, and Art Papers, and in 2011 he founded the photography publication Dotphotozine. He is a professor of art at California State University, San Bernardino.