Katja Heinemann and Naomi Schegloff present their project, The Graying of AIDS, at Magnum Foundation's 2014 PhotoEx symposium. The Graying of AIDS is one of the four projects selected for the pilot of a PhotoEx project development initiative. Ready to move into the digital strategy phase, Katja and Naomi were paired with design and communications experts for one-on-one meetings to implement a presentation framework.
The Graying of AIDS captures the struggles and growing pains of older AIDS and HIV patients and the lack of public health services dedicated to addressing their specific needs. “This is a historic shift in the AIDS pandemic, and it will have implications that researchers are only beginning to understand.” The project began as a multimedia piece that explored 12 stories about adults living with HIV, and has grown into a global outreach effort, compiling portraits and interviews from 17 countries, with more in progress. Read more about The Graying of AIDS presentation as contextualized by the three other updates from developing PhotoEx projects: magnumfoundation.tumblr.com/post/101191145651/raising-the-curtain-in-process-updates-from-the
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Katja Heinemann is a visual journalist from Germany who produces photo essays and multimedia stories incorporating portraiture, audio, and video. her long-term documentaries on HIV/AIDS, On Borrowed Time, about the lives of children and teenagers in the US, and The Graying of AIDS, on the aging of the pandemic, illustrate how a personal body of work can grow from an editorial concept into an advocacy and educational tool.
Naomi Schegloff is a health educator, writer, and co-director of The Graying of AIDS. Her work in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at UNC-Chapel Hill focused largely on “photo-voice” and other creative approaches to engaging diverse voices in public health discourse. She is interested in the ways public health/ social justice, the arts, and community engagement intersect, and is committed to exploring how interdisciplinary collaborations can contribute to healthier, more engaged communities.