While “80s from the 80's: living and dying in the shadow of AIDS” by photographers Susan Dooley and Susan Kravitz consists of two separate solo bodies of work, there are striking similarities in the vision of these two photographers. Ms. Dooley and Ms. Kravitz share the tradition of social documentary photography and both are presenting black and white photographs taken in the 1980's during a time consumed by the AIDS crisis. The images that comprise these bodies of work - 40 for each photographer - explore visual intersections reflective of the environments and cultures in which they were taken.
Ms. Dooley considers her work to be illustrative of her documentary style. “My usual goal is to make images that represent the human condition as well as the unique character and situation of the subject,” she said. "This work was made as a response to the AIDS crisis when I realized how it affected everyone, though most were in denial about its pervasiveness.”
Ms. Kravitz is interested in using her camera to explore the everyday behavior of ordinary people. In this exhibition she presents photographs taken in Cherry Grove during the height of the AIDS crisis in the '80's. Her visual narrative... “explores the complexities of the human condition during a difficult time in the gay community.” Unlike Susan Dooley's photographs, which capture the painful experiences of AIDS patients, Susan Kravitz's photos explore the ways in which members of this LGBT community celebrated life during this dark time. A book of her Cherry Grove Invasion photographs will be published in the Spring 2016.
With the recent resurgence of HIV/AIDS these works take on renewed significance.