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Writer And Photographer Alina Oswald Publishes JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS A Biography Of A Legally-Blind Photographer

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Writer And Photographer Alina Oswald Publishes JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS A Biography Of A Legally-Blind Photographer

May 25th, 2012 - New York City

JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS is a biography telling the story of AIDS through the story of award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston.


“Don’t write about Man,’ essayist E. B. White observed, “write about a Man.” Alina Oswald does just that in her book, Journeys Through Darkness and does it powerfully, bringing a poet’s sensitivity to her prose. Her portrait of Kurt Weston, an award-winning photographer who becomes legally blind from AIDS, brings the reality of the disease home to us.” ~ T.J. Banks, author of A Time for Shadows, Catsong (Winner of the 2007 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award), Houdini, and Souleiado

“Alina Oswald gives an enthralling as-told-to account of a vibrant man’s struggle living with a debilitating disease and the onset of blindness.[…] Journeys Through Darkness is an inspiration for the AIDS afflicted or for anyone on the threshold of losing color-filled vision.” ~ Patricia Spork, Freelance Writer and Digital Photo Artist

“Alina Oswald's biography of Kurt Weston introduces the reader to a subject they may never have encountered before—an artist with AIDS. By striking a balance between writing about the pain of illness and celebrating Kurt's strength, compassion and creation of striking works of art, Journeys Through Darkness helps to reduce the stigma associated with HIV. Kurt's story may serve as a source of inspiration to anyone overcoming challenges in their lives. I am proud that others will have the opportunity to learn, through this biography, about Kurt, an artist whose work is featured in the AIDS Museum's permanent collection. ~ Ashley Grosso, Executive Director, The AIDS Museum

“Journeys Through Darkness is a […] detailed account of [a photographer’s] journey in his life with HIV/AIDS [and related vision loss], an inspiring true story of a man who literally overcame everything. Because of Alina Oswald’s descriptiveness, it feels as if the reader is standing beside her book subject, Kurt Weston, throughout each page.” ~ Lovari, Singer, Songwriter, Actor

“Journeys is riveting…” Arthur Wooten, author of On Picking Fruit, Fruit Cocktail and Birthday Pie


Chip Alfred, Art & Understanding Magazine Editor-at-Large, reviewed JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS:

Sam Martino, Out IN Jersey News Editor, reviewed JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS:

Authors Gregory G. Allen, Carey Parish, K. Edwards Stout and Arthur Wooten, and activist Anthony Johnson reviewed JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS:

A Press Kit for the JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS is available at:

To find out more about award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston, please visit Weston was nominated for the Second CNN iReport Awards. You can learn more about his story and vote for him at:

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