Gideon Mendel: The Ward (Signed)
In 1993, Gideon Mendel spent a number of weeks photographing the Broderip and Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital as part of the Positive Lives project. The Broderip was the first AIDS ward in London and was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1987, this year marking the 30th anniversary of its opening. This was the era before antiretroviral medications had become available, a very distinct and tragic time. All of the patients on the wards, many of whom were young, gay men, were having to face the terrifying prospect of an early and painful death. During his time at the hospital Gideon followed the stories of four patients in particular - John, Steven, Ian and Andre.
The Ward explores through Gideon Mendel’s evocative black and white photographs how it felt to live with HIV at this time when it was considered a veritable death sentence. It shows how the ward at the Middlesex Hospital became more like a second home, and the staff and patients friends.
Title: The Ward
Publisher: Trolley, 2017
Author: Gideon Mendel, Chris Sandford, Dr Jane Anderson, Heather Wilson, Dr Samil Wanigaratne, Barbara Von Barsewisch, Dr Duncan Churchill
Photographer: Gideon Mendel
Graphic Design: Jamie Shaw
Size: 22 x 17 cm