The statistics are grim : one american in 250 infected with HIV. More Americans dead of AIDS than died in both the Vietnam and Korean wars. But numbers are insufficient. What they don't tell us is that many of these precious lives made our lives richer, and that the collective loss of individual talent has palpably diminished our field, and the arts as a whole.
The suffering AIDS has caused transcends photography, art, business, and everything else I can think of except human life itself. Still, the toll of the disease, a pandemie more than a decade old and still growing, has been especially tragic in creative fields like ours, where artistic achievement normally grows and flourishes over time.