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McGovern, Thomas (Photographer); Hunt, Barbara & Debs, Nick (Contributors). BEARING WITNESS TO AIDS. New York City, NY: A. R. T. Press, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 129 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

Landmark collection of portrait-photographs. An austerely elegant production by Thomas McGovern: Oversize-volume format in square shape. Handsome black silk cloth boards with cross sign embossed on cover, as issued. Photographs by Thomas McGovern. Introduction by Barbara Hunt. Foreword by Nick Debs. The "bleed" doublespreads are reproduced in miniature with Captions at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with white titles on the spine, as issued. Published to mark the fourteenth anniversary of the discovery of AIDS. Memorializes the victims by presenting portraits that were taken of them when they were still alive. Many have since died, others have miraculously survived. By now, there are so many books memorializing the AIDS tragedy that a virtual new genre appears to have arisen from it. A saturation point may be approaching. And yet, while the illness's devastation appears to have somewhat abated, it has not stopped, and in many parts of the world, it has actually increased dramatically. As of 2006, 25 million people have died of AIDS. It is therefore quite premature to say that we do not need any more books on the subject. The light at the end of the tunnel remains dim indeed, and to their credit, one of the top priorities of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is to find both a vaccine and a cure within the next fifty years. It is also appallingly irresponsible and insensitive that prominent conservative gay writers like Andrew Sullivan, who has AIDS and remains alive because of a drug cocktail that he can afford, could actually detect (in "Love Undetectable") significant progress in keeping the illness under control. Proceeds of the book's sales and events sponsored by such groups as Steppenwolf Theatre went to various AIDS charities. An unsentimental yet moving record of our tragic life and times. This presentation copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by the photographer: "One of the most interesting and provocative writers around. And thanks for your support. Thomas McGovern". The New York-based writer/recipient is named. This title has been out-of-print for a long time. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. One of the most accomplished living American photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0923183248. $100.00

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