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Access to Life

Finished 26 April 2013
Powerhouse Museum

This powerful photographic exhibition, that has already moved millions of people around the world through its touching images of AIDS-affected communities, is coming to Sydney.

Access to Life features the work of some of the world’s best photographers from the global agency Magnum Photos, world-renowned for interpreting and chronicling people and personalities, global issues and events, in a compassionate and meaningful way.

For the first time, a series of new photos from Papua New Guinea will be included in the exhibition, taken by acclaimed British photographer Chris Steele-Perkins. They join the photographic case studies from India, Vietnam, Russia, Swaziland, Haiti, Mali, South Africa, Peru and Rwanda.

More than 250 photographs by nine international Magnum photographers feature people with HIV and AIDS, their families and communities, and the health care workers from ten countries. The photos capture the emotional stories of people before and four months after receiving the antiretroviral treatment.

Access to Life is in Sydney for World AIDS Day 2012 and coincides with 30 years since the first case of HIV was diagnosed in Australia. The Australian response and approach to HIV and AIDS will be told in a new display, HIV & AIDS 30 years on: the Australian story, to accompany Access to Life.

Created by Magnum Photos in partnership with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Access to Life was launched in Washington DC in 2008. It has since toured major cities around the world including Rome, Madrid, Olso, Oakland, New York, Tokyo and Seoul.

Access to Life exhibition launch – at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney [7:58]

Interview with Photographer Chris Steele-Perkins [1:40]

Dr Mphu Ramatlapeng at the announcement of the Access to Life exhibition [2:19]