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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

NICHOLAS NIXON. Joey Brandon with his parents, Everett and Zana Cloyd. Boston, Massachusetts, 1987. (From the series <em>People with AIDS</em>)

Nicholas Nixon. Joey Brandon (also known as Joey Cloyd) with his parents, Everett and Zana Cloyd, Boston, 1987. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (56.00.00)

NICHOLAS NIXON. Joey Brandon with his parents, Everett and Zana Cloyd. Boston, Massachusetts, 1987. (From the series People with AIDS)

In a 2016 interview, Nicholas Nixon said: “Most of the people with AIDS that you saw in the newspapers and on television looked pretty bad, that sort of look that people get when they’re near the end, that I think it makes it easy for people who aren’t sick to sort of shun. . . . That just seemed not fair to me, and so I sort of figured, well, maybe my process of [photographing] individuals might make one-tenth of one-hundredth of a percent of difference and change people’s minds.”