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Burying the Dead
Photograph by Tomasz Tomaszewski

Mourners dig graves for victims of AIDS in Avalon, the largest cemetery in Soweto, Johannesburg's biggest black township. On Saturdays and Sundays the cemetery is so crowded with funerals for people who have died of the disease that buses filled with families and coffins line up outside. Graves are temporarily marked with numbers, not names. At least 10 percent of Johannesburg's residents are infected with the deadly HIV virus. Most of these have no health insurance and are too poor to afford the drugs that could prolong their lives.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 80-200mm zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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