Photographer Gideon Mendel’s project The Ward began in 1993 when he started spending a number of weeks on the Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital. All the patients in this ward were dying with the knowledge that there was no cure for the disease. You can learn more about this couple Michael and John and others in the 2018 Metro article, Memories from the heart of the Aids crisis shows true love in a time of terrible tragedy.
I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share? Email me at email@example.com.