October Monthly Speaker – Billy Howard

The Balance Between the Professional and the Personal: as a freelancer for over 25 years I have strived to maintain a commercial photography business while continuing to work on projects that have personal, if not financial, rewards. These projects tend to focus on public health and global poverty and have taken me from coal mines in South Africa to the slums of India.

Emory University has recently acquired over 200 of my prints, ten thousand individual negatives, correspondence, press clippings and television interviews from my 1989 book “Epitaphs for the Living: Words and Images in the Time of AIDS” for their Rose Library Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library to be available to researchers interested in early responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This was the first full-length documentary photography book on AIDS and I plan on talking about this project as well as others on children with cancer, guinea worm eradication in Ghana, people with visual impairments and people with physical disabilities.

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