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GIDEON MENDEL
• Born 1959 in Jozi
• Contemporary photographer – his words
• Social commentator – my words
• Globally accla...
•6 World Press Photo awards 1992 – 2008
•2 Canon Picture of the Year awards 1995, 2003
•Nikon Photographer of the Year – 1...
Gideon’s turning point
• 1993 Zimbabwe
• The moment from life to death
• “As the family started to cry I lowered my
camera...
A Broken Landscape
• First monograph published in 2001
• Documenting the impact and reaction to HIV / AIDS in
Africa over ...
Apathy and denial
• Migrant workers on a platinum mine near
Rustenberg refuse to wear condoms
• 1999
• Many of them come f...
Compassion
• The tenderness of a mother caring for her
sick son
• 1997 – BA ( Before ARV’s)
• This image taken in Tanzania...
Compassion
• From strangers
• An abandoned orphan receives care at
Nazareth House, Cape Town
• 1995
The Stigma
• Respecting the subject’s anonymity while
still making a statement about
discrimination
• From a Mozambique Ac...
The Label
• TB treatment queue in Malawi
• “ I have TB Not AIDS”
• The hostility towards the camera is
evident. They don’t...
Staring death in the face
• “AIDS has carried my family away like a
flood.”
• Mother and son share a hospital bed in
Malaw...
The night Vigil
• Gideon stays up all night to pray with the
family
A mother grieves
“ I have lost 8 of my 11 children to AIDS”
The Progressive Paradox
• Sex education by the Church in Uganda
• Uganda has been one of the few African successes to
redu...
Nomphilo’s story
• Gideon visited her 4 times over as many
years
• He gained her trust and allowed herself to
be photograp...
Nomphilo’s story
• Nomphilo triumphs after 3 years on ARV’s
• CD3 count: 257
• Gideon’s message to pharmaceuticals to
lowe...
The memory box
• An orphan cradles a box decorated with
keepsakes from her mother
• The box has no photograph only a hospi...
Because images inspire people to hope, to action and to change…
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?
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Gideon Mendel - Photographer or Activist?

  1. 1. GIDEON MENDEL • Born 1959 in Jozi • Contemporary photographer – his words • Social commentator – my words • Globally acclaimed • Groundbreaking documentation of HIV /AIDS in Africa for past 16 years
  2. 2. •6 World Press Photo awards 1992 – 2008 •2 Canon Picture of the Year awards 1995, 2003 •Nikon Photographer of the Year – 1995 •W Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography 1996 •A broken Landscape – 2001 •The Harsh Divide – 2003 •Climate Change Project – 2008 till present
  3. 3. Gideon’s turning point • 1993 Zimbabwe • The moment from life to death • “As the family started to cry I lowered my camera and stepped back.” • “Are there some moments that are sacrosanct where a camera cannot go, I asked myself…” • “ Come on man, do your job” said the doctor
  4. 4. A Broken Landscape • First monograph published in 2001 • Documenting the impact and reaction to HIV / AIDS in Africa over 16 years • Several personal stories followed over the years across 7 African countries • Intimate relationships forged with AIDS sufferers where he gained their trust. • The aim of his work was to educate the world • Image of KZN 1993 ( cover) is yardstick of Maternal HIV infection at being 13% when he begins. By the time the book is published in 2001, the maternal infection rate in this village is 40%
  5. 5. Apathy and denial • Migrant workers on a platinum mine near Rustenberg refuse to wear condoms • 1999 • Many of them come from Lesotho and return to their wives infected from prostitutes they have slept with in the mining compound
  6. 6. Compassion • The tenderness of a mother caring for her sick son • 1997 – BA ( Before ARV’s) • This image taken in Tanzania is the iconic image from this body of work. It represents the human story of suffering, pain, family, how necessary the compassion is in keeping the sick alive…
  7. 7. Compassion • From strangers • An abandoned orphan receives care at Nazareth House, Cape Town • 1995
  8. 8. The Stigma • Respecting the subject’s anonymity while still making a statement about discrimination • From a Mozambique Action Campaign challenging the societal stigma
  9. 9. The Label • TB treatment queue in Malawi • “ I have TB Not AIDS” • The hostility towards the camera is evident. They don’t want to be captured, they are defiant in their position despite their frailty…
  10. 10. Staring death in the face • “AIDS has carried my family away like a flood.” • Mother and son share a hospital bed in Malawi. • They mother died 3 weeks after the iamge and the son 3 months later.
  11. 11. The night Vigil • Gideon stays up all night to pray with the family
  12. 12. A mother grieves “ I have lost 8 of my 11 children to AIDS”
  13. 13. The Progressive Paradox • Sex education by the Church in Uganda • Uganda has been one of the few African successes to reduce its HIV infection rate in a decade • Many believe it is because of this open approach that did not try to preach abstinence • The shafts of light through the open church are like illuminating concepts that have infiltrated the way of life of the community • Without a monochromatic approach to this image the preacher’s white collar would not have been as prominent. The juxtaposition with the words on the white board tell an entire story of HIV Aids education. Brilliant!
  14. 14. Nomphilo’s story • Gideon visited her 4 times over as many years • He gained her trust and allowed herself to be photographed in her most vulnerable state • CD4 count: 7
  15. 15. Nomphilo’s story • Nomphilo triumphs after 3 years on ARV’s • CD3 count: 257 • Gideon’s message to pharmaceuticals to lower costs of life saving treatment
  16. 16. The memory box • An orphan cradles a box decorated with keepsakes from her mother • The box has no photograph only a hospital card and an ID book
  17. 17. Because images inspire people to hope, to action and to change…

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