Photos of pioneering AIDS researcher Dr. Mathilde Krim are now on display at the National Portrait Gallery, including one by Annie Leibovitz.
According to the gallery, Krim, a cancer research specialist, recognized the potential severity of the AIDS epidemic in America when it appeared in 1981. With a small group of concerned physicians and researchers, she launched early efforts to educate the public about the disease and began the medical research necessary to understand and treat AIDS.
While serving as a leading member of the research team at New York’s Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, Krim created the AIDS Medical Foundation in 1983. It merged with a California-based AIDS research and education initiative in 1990 to become the American Foundation for AIDS Research which is now known as amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
Another recent addition to the gallery is a 2000 photo of transgender activist Sylvia Rivera by Luis Carle. It’s part of the “Struggle for Justice” exhibition.