Photographer Thomas Alleman moved to San Francisco from Michigan in 1985. Those were the early days of AIDS, and Alleman worked for multiple gay publications, including the San Francisco Sentinel, that decidedly focused their coverage on the community’s response to the epidemic, painting a fuller and more realistic picture of what life in the San Fancisco gay community was like.
Alleman has this to say about the resulting collection of photographs which is titled “Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws”:
“I hope these photographs, from San Francisco’s gay community in the mid-eighties, remind viewers of that moment in our social history – so long ago, and so very recent – when the first wave of the AIDS epidemic crashed onto one of our country’s most vibrant neighborhoods. And, while that tribe convulsed with well-earned fear, heartbreak, and anger, some still found the courage and the will to celebrate the dream of life they’d come to San Francisco for, and they danced in the dragon’s jaws.”
via The Bold Italic