Winner Of W. Eugene Smith Award 1996
A Broken Landscape: HIV & AIDS In Africa
A Broken Landscape is an ongoing project by photographer Gideon Mendel documenting the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Three quarters of the 36 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the world are in Africa, south of the Sahara. An epidemic is quietly decimating the poorest nations on earth. This is a slow burning tragedy on a monumental scale. Yet HIV/AIDS is preventable and treatable.
Gideon Mendel is an award winning photographer and has been documenting the impact of HIV/Aids in Africa for more than 12 years, working in 10 different countries to show the many ways the disease has devastated the lives of millions of ordinary people.The Frontline Club in London. Read more on the From the Frontline blog. Watch more on the Frontline Club live channel. Follow us on Twitter.Tonight, for one night only, he will present his work and discuss his findings. Gideon has worked on in-depth photo projects for many global publications, most notably for the Guardian.Born in Johannesburg, Gideon Mendel began working as a photographer in 1983 and has since become one of the world’s leading contemporary photojournalists. He was recognised as a key photographer of change and conflict in South Africa in the lead up to Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.In 2003 Gideon released the book: A Broken Landscape, HIV and Aids in Africa and his work was exhibited widely.
Building upon the success of his work on the AIDS epidemic in his native South Africa, London-based photographer Gideon Mendel received the grant to complete a body of work that will be pan- African in its scope. Through this greater coverage he hopes to reach a wider audience, and to combat the indifference with which he feels the servitude, fear and extortion.”