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Rod Sorge
Date: September 29, 1991
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Dimensions: Paper: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm) Image: 16 5/8 x 12 1/2 in. (42.2 x 31.8 cm)
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Purchase, with funds provided by Jack Shear, Joe Baio and Anne Griffin, Roy Thompson, Alessandro Uzielli , and Willa Shalit and A. James Heynen, 2018
Description: Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection Section: Self-presentation Stephen Barker, a photographer who managed the Brooklyn Needle Exchange for two years, shot a series of portraits of his friends from the ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) community. Rod Sorge (1968–1999) fought to reduce the spread of AIDS among drug users. He cofounded the ACT UP needle exchange committee in 1990, ran underground exchanges in Harlem and the Bronx, participated in a court case that helped pave the way for legal exchanges, and later directed the first authorized needle exchange program in New York State. Sorge completely controlled this portrait. His gaze and pose suggest a balance of intensity and vulnerability, characteristics essential for a gay man trying to reduce harm during the AIDS epidemic.
Accession Number: 2018.32.1