Presentation About Our Photo Essay ‘House of Angels – Living With AIDS at the Bailey-Boushay House: 1992-1995, 1997’

We were very happy to present our photo essay in a zoom meeting last September 9.24 at the NW Film Forum – about our photo essay project ‘House of Angels – Living With AIDS at the Bailey-Boushay House: 1992-1995, 1997’ – along with former Executive Director Christine Hurley and Artist in Residence Ross Beecher, while Rosette Royale moderated the presentation.

We shared our experiences and told the stories that shaped this project at the first AIDS hospice in the USA – our creative process, how we coped with the passing of people we’d become close to, how we developed numerous relationships with people in their last months of life, their families, the nursing staff, and the volunteers, how we told the story of the spirit of the house, the hope, the love and compassion that we witnessed, and how we built the trust that allowed us to photograph these heartbreaking scenes of people battling the horror of AIDS.

Larry Hawkins, a former social worker who counseled drug addicts in Seattle’s Central Area for 5 years, said
“I just always liked people and wanted to help them out.” He lived with AIDS at the Bailey-Boushay House during the last months of his life.
Carl Gamble, 29, a former model, baker, and a manager at McDonald’s said “I have my good days, my bad days, I’m thinking about my future…..”
Joe enjoying a visit with his friend on the patio.
Residents and nurses during the Winter Solstice Ceremony,
Claude and his friends during a visit during his last months of life at the Bailey-Boushay House.
Larry Hawkins’s parents June and Jim and his sisters were always at the Bailey-Boushay House bringing comfort and support to him. The day after Larry died June said: “he refused to give up.”
George Hill, 43 years old and a former butler, lived at Bailey-Boushay for almost 3 months before he passed away from AIDS.

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