30 years of hiv and aids

30 years of hiv and aids 1982-2011, The Netherlands

Erwin Kokkelkoren followed and interviewed 30 people with HIV and AIDS, all living in the Netherlands.
Erik Smits portrayed the 30 men and women in their own domains.
Smits’s photography, together with quotations from Kokkelkoren’s stories, gives a unique picture of the human history of 30 years of HIV and AIDS in the Netherlands.
The dates with the portraits refer to the year when these people were confronted with their HIV or AIDS diagnoses.
Only 1982 is missing, the year of the first AIDS diagnosis… There are no survivors from this year.

In April 2012, all the stories and pictures appeared in the book “The Time There-After.”
Sadly, two men are no longer with us. Harrie (1992) and Nico (1999) have passed away since then.

Produced by: Bert Oele and Erwin Kokkelkoren
Photography: Erik Smits
Text: Erwin Kokkelkoren
Translation: Pete Kaiser

“We immediately asked if we could have babies. But I wanted to be hundred percent sure that my baby would be healthy...”

The time there-after