Photography by Eric Smits. License: All Rights Reserved.
The first time anyone was diagnosed with AIDS in the Netherlands was in April 1982. In the more than 30 years since then, the situation regarding this deadly disease has undergone immense changes. These days, an AIDS diagnosis is very rare in the Netherlands. Instead, people with HIV are living fully normal lives with what is essentially a chronic infection.
Author Erwin Kokkelkoren interviewed 30 different men and women who are living with HIV, each of whom was diagnosed in a different year from 1982 until 2012. Their stories surprise, move and inspire. Taken together, the portraits sketch the history of HIV and AIDS in the Netherlands.
In the 232-page hardcover book that was printed in full colour we used the typeface Collis, designed by Christoph Noordzij for the TEFF library. Each story starts with a spread, combining a big title that is cut on the left side in combination with a full size photography.
Publisher: Les Enfants Terribles / A.W. Bruna Uitgevers BV (Utrecht).
Text: Erwin Kokkelkoren. Photography: Erik Smits.