2011 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, Stories, 2nd prize

The Julie Project

Photographer

Darcy Padilla

21 September, 2010

For 18 years the photographer documented the life of Julie Baird, whom she met by chance in San Francisco. Julie was then 18 and HIV positive, with a newborn child and a history of drug abuse.

About

Darcy Padilla

Darcy Padilla is a photojournalist and documentary photographer living in San Francisco, California. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Awar...

Background story

Palmer, Alaska, USA

Jason holds Julie for the last time. She died on 27 September 2010. She was 36. For 18 years the photographer documented the life of Julie Baird, whom she met by chance in San Francisco. Julie was then 18 and HIV positive, with a newborn child and a history of drug abuse. The photographer aimed to provide an in-depth look at poverty, Aids and other social issues by focusing on one woman’s struggle. Later, she wanted the project also to be a record for Julie’s children of their mother’s story, after Julie lost custody and had to give them up for adoption.

Photo credit:
Redux Pictures

This image is collected in