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Heroines & Heroes

Cartier-Bresson once said that taking photographs is “putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis”. This is the feeling you get when looking at Steve Simon pictures. Each image has a strong and striking composition that connects with its subject and tells a story that comes from a true alignment of head, eye and heart. While HIV and Aids, by necessity, permeates much of the story, what comes through again and again is Simon’s love of Africa and its people. He has concentrated on rural villages, where fertile plains stretch out to the mountains, and the clouds hang low in the vast skies; where the colors in people’s blankets and shawls glow bright. It is remembering and capturing the beauty of the landscape and the people, that this tragedy and violation of this incurable disease is brought acutely into consciousness.