Faces of AIDS is Jim Wigler’s exhibit of 101 people infected with the AIDS virus during the mid 1980’s.  

To humanize the epidemic, he took a close-up portrait of each person smiling, looking wonderful and looking awesomely human. 

The main impetus was to ameliorate the public’s fear of getting too close to and helping neighbors who were suffering.

These important images help tell the story of AIDS so that we always remember the many lives lost and impacted during these past four decades.

Jim Wigler donated the 101 Faces of AIDS photo collection to the Names Project Foundation in 1988 and are now part of the National AIDS Memorial storytelling archives.  

“People were dying all around me. The only thing I could do was take everyone's picture so no one would forget who they were.”

— Jim Wigler

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40 years of stories

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the fear, stigma and discrimination. We share the stories of hope, courage, compassion, and love.  And, we bring to light the harsh reality that four decades later, there is no cure and the rates of infection are on the rise, particularly in communities of color.

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