“I had a second chance at life and I wasn’t going to

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“I had a second chance at life and I wasn’t going to

“I had a second chance at life and I wasn’t going to

“I had a second chance at life and I wasn’t going to take it for granted,” explains Andri Tambunan (@andritambunan), describing the moment in which he became a photojournalist. On a backpacking trip across Asia in 2008, the Indonesian-born amateur photographer found himself at the center of a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India. He had just left a café popular with foreign tourists, and was across the street when gunmen opened fire inside of it. In the days that followed, he documented an unfolding crisis that captured the world’s attention, and realized that he had found his calling. The next year Andri returned to Indonesia and embarked on long-term photographic project to fight stigma and discrimination against people living with AIDS and HIV in Tanah Papua. Andri distributes his photographs for free to activists, government officials, and aid organizations to help counter stereotypes that prevent people from seeking treatment. He says, “HIV/AIDS is still viewed as a dishonor and a sin, thus many people are afraid of being ostracized from their family and community.” Photo by @andritambunan
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