Portrait of Caring: Living With AIDS at the Bailey-Boushay House
Documentary photo essay about some of the men and women living and battling the ravaging and horrific effects of AIDS, at the Bailey-Boushay House, an AIDS Hospice, in Seattle, WA., from June 1992 to April 1995.
Opened in June 1992, B.B.H. was developed by AIDS Housing of Washington as the first new nursing care residence and day health program in America for HIV/AIDS patients.
Our purposes were to humanize AIDS, to compel the viewer to say "this could be me," and to educate those who did not see the disease and its victims face to face; and, to show the dignity and loving care that the B.B.H. community - the staff, volunteers, and families - provided to people living with AIDS in their final stages of life. "It provides a respectful place for a major passage in life," said Administrator Christine Hurley.
It gave us immense satisfaction that the portraits gave many of the clients a new sense of self esteem as they still felt worthy and important to be photographed, and that they trusted us to tell their story and share it.