Billy Howard, photographer

Epitaphs for the Living, a conversation with Billy Howard, June 22, 2017

Epitaphs for the Living is a conversation with Billy Howard about his photographs of people living with HIV/Aids in the 1980s and Randy Gue, curator of modern political and historical collections at Rose Library.

Riveting images of people living with HIV/AIDS in the 1980s, taken by Atlanta-area photographer Billy Howard, are the basis for the exhibit curated by Rose Library curator Randy Gue. “Billy Howard’s ‘Epitaphs for the Living’ ” features 17 photographs, each showing a person with HIV/AIDS—or their loved one—and a handwritten message from that person about living with the disease. The photographs are stark and yet moving, and the messages reveal hope and resilience. The exhibit includes some of the photo subjects’ letters to Howard, as well as audio clips, accessible from the Woodruff Library exhibitions webpage with a mobile phone, which discuss the stories behind some of the photographs. Tentative closing date of the exhibition is August 31, 2017.

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