Stand Tall,Get Snapped

Publish Date: 22/02/2013


It’s over thirty years since the world first became aware of  HIV as a life threatening illness.

In recognition of this and the fact that many people are living with the virus today,  photographer Edo Zollo has travelled around the UK to document the lives of 30  HIV+ve people  to help fight the stigma that still surrounds HIV with a new exhibition which visits Manchester over the next few weeks.

Although Edo is based in London, he is Italian by birth and follows in the footsteps of his father who was also a professional photographer.

His current exhibition is something that is very close to his  heart  as Edo had a very frightening experience of taking PEP after exposure to the HIV virus. The medication had  severe side effects and made him  wonder what  life  must be like for those living with a positive diagnosis.

Because of his experience Edo not only wanted to tell the stories of people who are living with HIV today but also dispel the myth that HIV is restricted  to gay men and African communities.

So, Edo set about photographing 30 people living with HIV, visiting the 30 subjects in their home locations across the UK, photographing them within their settings, and sharing their own personal stories. From old to young, female and male, non-white and white, straight and gay.  The range of individual experiences of HIV was vast too with the e most recently diagnosed person being just  3 months at the and the longest, 28 years living with HIV.

The photographic exhibition will be formally launched at Nexus Art Cafe, Dale Street (opposite Vinyl Exchange), Manchester, M1 1JW, 28 February from 6pm to 9pm (invitations only) and will be available for viewing to the public until the end of March 2013. Free entry

You can hear Edo talking about this project and talking about his work on Gaydio’s Sunday Forum this weekend

Outnorthwest will also be featuring an interview with Edo in the April/May edition which is out at the end of March .