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March 28, 2012

Jane Philomen Cleland. "Protesters Chanting 'Shame' During an ACT UP/San Francisco Demonstration" (circa 1990). Copyright © 1990 by Jane Philomen Cleland.

San Francisco -- The GLBT History Museum's new photography exhibition, "Life and Death in Black and White: AIDS Direct Action in San Francisco, 1985-1990," focuses on the work of Jane Philomen Cleland, Patrick Clifton, Marc Geller, Rick Gerharter and Daniel Nicoletta. On Monday, April 9, the photographers will discuss their experiences documenting the emergence of militant AIDS activism in San Francisco through the medium of black-and-white film; the event is set for 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the museum, located at 4127 18th St. in San Francisco.

All of the images in "Life and Death in Black and White" portray civil disobedience as a response to discrimination, indifference and official neglect in the face of a fatal epidemic. At the panel, the photographers will recount the stories behind the photos and will address the role of photography and photojournalism in the struggle for social justice for people with AIDS. In addition, they will discuss how the transition from film to digital photography has affected their current approach to documenting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Admission to the panel is $5.00 (general); $3.00 (California students with ID); free for museum members. The exhibition is on display through July 1 in the front gallery of The GLBT History Museum. For more information, call (415) 621-1107 or visit visit

What: "Documenting the Emergence of AIDS Activism: Five Photographers Tell Their Stories"

When: Monday, April 9, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Where: The GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco

About the GLBT History Museum

Left to right: Patrick Clifton, Jane Philomen Cleland, Daniel Nicoletta, Marc Geller and Rick Gerharter at the opening of "Life and Death in Black and White" (March 15, 2012).

The GLBT History Museum features two major exhibitions: In the main gallery, a long-term show titled "Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating San Francisco's GLBT His­tory" and in the front gallery, periodically changing the­matic shows. The front gallery also offers timely one-case exhibits shown for one to two months and permanent displays of the wedding pantsuits worn by pioneering lesbian activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, and of personal belongings of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected of­ficial in California, who was assassinated in 1978.

The museum is a project of the GLBT Historical Society, a research center and archives founded in 1985 that houses one of the world's largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. For more information, visit