The Brief

Magnum Photos partnered with The Global Fund on a truly groundbreaking photographic project. Spanning the globe, eight Magnum photographers portrayed the real experiences of people living with AIDS and the transformative effects of antiretroviral treatment on their lives. The result is an extraordinary body of work that communicates a human story never been seen before.

Access to Life demonstrates how a global project can make impact on both a regional and worldwide scale. The Access to Life project has been a central element of the Global Fund’s resource mobilization, helping the Global Fund with pledge contributions of US$ 12 billion between 2011 and 2013.

INDIA. Hyderabad. 2007. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos

Over 400 images from nine photographic essays

A hardback book with a forward by Desmond Tutu.

A dedicated website featuring nine web documentaries in five languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese.

An international multimedia exhibition touring to eleven countries and visited by over xx people

Major international media outreach to 600,000+ including Time Magazine, Washington Post, CNN, Le Monde, Financial Times, Channel 4, BBC, NBC, NPR and Radio 24.

International events with Access to Life Ambassador Carla Bruni, attended by Kofi Annan, Sentor Patrick Leahy, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan, President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali and with an accompanying performance by Youssou N'Dour.

© Gilles Peress | Magnum Photos

...a powerful document of the strong spirit of each patient, of the life-changing impact of the drugs and of the crucial benefit of international funding...

Time Magazine
Igor Tereshenko, Ward 3, AIDS Center, Ulitsa Bumazhnaya 12, 2-nd floor, room 5. Probably will not survive. Spinal tumor in the neck segment. Heroin. Not on ART yet. RUSSIA. St Petersburg. 2007. © Alex Majoli | Magnum Photos

... Far too little is known about the quiet revolution in health care now taking place around the world thanks to the efforts to make antiretroviral AIDS drugs available. I am grateful to the eight extraordinarily skillful photographers who have gone out into the world and documented this revolution in these pages... It is important to see the people behind the numbers: their lives, their hopes, dreams, and struggles.

Desmond Tutu
Sunday church prayers at a small baptist church in Cange. HAITI. Plateau Central. 2007. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Marie-Sonie ST. LOUIS, AIDS-patient who has made substantial improvement after starting ARV treatments in late 2007. HAITI. Plateau Central. 2008. © Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos
Exhibition

A multimedia exhibition featuring over 450 photographs, accompanied by video pieces and installations by Larry Towell and Jim Goldberg. The exhibition launched at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. and toured to a further ten countries including Paris, Sydney and Copenhagen. Video assets were featured at significant AIDs conventions including The 9th International Congress on AIDS and the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.

Exhibition installation - Access to Life. 2008. © Magnum Group | Magnum Photos
Exhibition installation - Access to Life. 2008. © Magnum Group | Magnum Photos
Exhibition installation - Access to Life. 2008. © Magnum Group | Magnum Photos
Massaman KEÏTA, 31, and Fatoumata CAMARA, 20, married five years ago, and made their living farming millet and cotton. Both HIV-positive, and too weak to work, they left their rural village for (...) Bamako to be treated. MALI. 2008. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
MALI. December 2007. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
Massaman Keïta, 31, and Fatoumata CAMARA, 20, married five years ago, and made their living farming millet and cotton. Both HIV-positive, and too weak to work, they left their rural village for (...) Bamako to be treated. MALI. 2007. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
Books

Designed by award-winning designer Yolanda Cuomo, the book was printed in three languages and launched at an exclusive event in Paris, France on World AIDS Day. Twenty handmade, special editions were presented to each of the G20 leaders attending the summit in L’Aquila, Italy.

Book: Access to Life © Magnum Group | Magnum Photos
Book: Access to Life © Magnum Group | Magnum Photos
Book: Access to Life © Magnum Group | Magnum Photos
INDIA. Hyderabad. 2008. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
INDIA. 2008. Gay man. Love Raju (day), Veera Babu (night). © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
INDIA. Hyderabad. 2008. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos

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