Access to Life

Magnum Photos and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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9 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches 310 pages, 468 four-color and duotone images Hardcover with DVD 978-1-59711-105-8 March 2009
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In Access to Life, eight of the world's leading photojournalists, all members of Magnum Photos, follow thirty individuals in nine countries before, and four months after, they begin the antiretroviral treatment, documenting the transformative effect on their bodies, their lives, and the lives of their families. Here are the faces, voices, and stories representing millions of people who would otherwise be dead if not for access to free lifesaving drugs. But there are also the stories of those individuals for whom treatment came too late—showing how the fight to bring access to AIDS treatment is still a difficult one.


Photographers and their subjects include: Jonas Bendiksen (Haiti), Jim Goldberg (India), Alex Majoli (Russia), Steve McCurry (Vietnam), Paolo Pellegrin (Mali), Gilles Peress (Rwanda), Eli Reed (Peru), and Larry Towell (South Africa and Swaziland).


Desmond Tutu (preface) is the former Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Cape Town. He is a member of the UN advisory panel on genocide prevention and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.


Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs (essay) is Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor on the UN Millennium Development Goals.

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