'Stand Tall, Get Snapped' opens in partnership with The Crescent, St Albans

Fri, 21 November 2014

St Albans Cathedral is hosting a special exhibition in partnership with local charity The Crescent and London based photographer Edo Zollo from Monday 24th November – Friday 5th December to coincide with National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day 2014.

The exhibition, which opened at The Reading Room Gallery in London in November 2012 and has since travelled to Manchester, Glasgow and Brighton, was a project undertaken to challenge the stigma associated with HIV and present a human face to the condition.

The 30 individuals who feature in this photographic display are from a wide range of backgrounds, from old to young, female and male, non-white and white, straight and gay. The most recently diagnosed was 3 months and the longest, 28 years living with HIV.

Edo Zollo, the photographer behind the display, visited the subjects in their home locations across the UK, photographing them within their settings with the aim to illustrate their individual stories. Edo says, "I wanted to offer affected individuals a unique opportunity to share their experiences by being included in this photographic exhibition".

The exhibition is run in partnership with The Crescent, a local charity which provides support and care both by and for people living with HIV, their partners, family and friends.

Iain Murtagh from The Crescent says, "We are immensely pleased to be able to bring this ground breaking exhibition to St Albans, featuring some of the people we support. It is our fervent hope that through exhibiting this work it will raise awareness, plus promote a better understanding of HIV and those it has affected in our community.”

‘Stand Tall, Get Snapped’ is open from 1pm on Monday 24th November until Friday 5th December in the North Transept. There is no charge for entry. Click here for full details and opening hours.


Notes for Editors

  • The Crescent provides help and support to those living with, or otherwise affected by, HIV. They are a member led organisation run both by and for people living with HIV, who have provided support for local people for 25 years.
  • World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
  • World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held on 1st December 1988.
  • Around 100,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV.
  • Edo Zollo is a 40 years old photographer from London, UK. He focuses on street life, with London streets and events his main subject.
  • His previous projects include 'Dangerous dogs and their owners', 'Tattoos and the body', and 'Beauty in Older Women'.

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