Writing/Photography Samples

WRITING and PHOTOGRAPHY Samples

 

A Strong League of People: Feature article and photo shoot with The HIV League‘s own Daniel Szymczyk, HIV advocate, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Finding Strength:  Cover story and photo shoot with international LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activist Carlos Idibouo published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA: A book review published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Finding His Resolve: An interview and photo shoot with activist Omar Garcia published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Coming Out of the Chrysalis: An interview with author and activist Paul Thorn published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Aerial photography of smoking volcano, taken from an open-door helicopter flying over the Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Aerial photography of smoking volcano, Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. Winning image of juried contest and part of a SoHo Photo NYC gallery show.

Preview of Mothers and Sons at the Barn Theatre: An interview with cast members and director published in Out IN Jersey Magazine

Safety Net: An interview with journalist, author and HIV activist Anne-christine d’Adesky published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
“Turn Fear into Action” Documenting the 30th anniversary of Silence = Death poster and the reunion of the founding members of Silence = Death Collective: Article posted on A&U Magazine’s website
Retrospectives: Interview with Ellie Winberg about Richard Hofmann Restrospectives art show, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine 
It Could Happen to You, Too: Interview and photo shoot with HIV and women rights activist, Nancy Duncan, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Tegan James Living Life in a Beautiful Way: An interview with artist Tegan James published in Out IN Jersey Magazine
Legacy: An interview and photo shoot with NYC actor and comedian Steve Hayes published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Design and Dine Out for Life: An interview with fashion designer and Dining Out For Life spokesperson Mondo Guerra, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Unfinished Friendship: An interview with NYC HIV advocate and playwright, Nora Burns, about her one-woman show, David’s Friend, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Photographed out trans actor, activist and celebrity host Ron B, at the MNN, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, at NYC City Hall, NY Pride, AIDS Day events, and others. Check out my first interview with Ron B for Out IN Jersey Magazine.
David’s Friend: A brief review of Nora Burns’ one-woman show, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Desperately Seeking Robert: Interview and photo shoot with NYC artist activist Rob Ordonez for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Interviewed artist David Ayllon for Out IN Jersey Magazine.
Photographed HIV Activist Bruce Richman of Prevention Access Campaign for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine. Check out the interview with Bruce Richman by A&U’s Editor at Large, Chip Alfred. Photos then were published in GCN Magazine, an LGBTQ Irish publication.
Activist Bruce Richman. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Photographed HIV advocate Ken Pinkela for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine. Check out the article Military Injustice written by Chip Alfred, A&U Editor-At-Large
Strides & Strategies: A cover story interview with Timothy Ray Brown, the Berlin Patient and the only person so far cured of HIV, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine. October 2016 issue.
On Track: An interview with pop singer and dance artist Dario published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine.
Art, AIDS & Arbors: An interview with Argentinian visual artist Hector Toscano published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine.
Veils & Visibility: A new interview with artists Lester Blum and Vladimir Rios about their new show, Invisible, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine.
Photographing Marianne Williamson for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine. Check out the article by Dann Dulin, Senior Editor of A&U Magazine.
See Me: A new interview with advocate Amazin LeThi published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Art Connections: An interview with local Jersey artists published in Out IN Jersey Magazine
Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of an award-winning legally blind photographer
The Sound of Tara: Interview and photo shoot with singer and activist Tara Kulbatski published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Photographed trans advocate Kylar Broadus for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine. Check out the article by Lester Strong
Housing the Kiki Community – an interview with Housing Works HOUSE Project about HIV, AIDS, the ball community and Kiki community published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
HIV/AIDS Updates – an article published in Out IN Jersey Magazine
LGBT Survival Guide – an interview with NYC artist and curator, Steed Taylor. Article published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
VIVA, Find Your Voice – a film review published in A&U Magazine
Of Lust, Men, Meth and Healing – an interview with David Fawcett, PhD and author of Lust, Men and Meth. Article published in A&U Magazine
Photographed Rev. Stacey Latimer for A&U Magazine – Article by Senior Editor Dann Dulin
Photographed NYC artist Joyce McDonald and her artwork for A&U Magazine – Article by managing editor Chael Needle
Identity. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Identity. Featured at a Fresh Fruit Festival, Crossing Boundaries, Leslie-Lohman Museum, NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Lesbian Love Addiction – a book review published in Out IN Jersey Magazine
Between Shadows and Highlights: January 2016 A&U cover story, an interview with celebrity photographer Greg Gorman
Getting Vocal: Photographed and interviewed music insider and HIV activist Maria Davis for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Photographed PrEP pioneer, Damon L. Jacobs for A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Acting Up, an interview with artist, activist, and co-founder of Silence = Death collective, Avram Finkelstein, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Photographing escape artist and activist Daniel Bauer. Image published in Outsmart Magazine

Photographed HIV Warriors project. Read more about HIV Warriors prevention campaign in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine (article by Chael Needle)

Behind the scenes shots during the HIV Warriors photo shoot.

HIV Happy: A book review published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Double Life: A book review published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

After the Wrath of God: A book review published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Dancing for a Cause: A photo shoot and interview with Joseph Rivera, co-founder of Baila Society, a NYC salsa dance company, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Escape to Survival: An interview with (and photographs of) Daniel Bauer, magician, escape artist, HIV activist and motivational speaker, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Smash Cut, by Brad Gooch, a book review published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
By Proxy, by HIV: Photos and an interview with Antoine B. Craigwell about Depressed Black Gay Men and his new docudrama You Are Not Alone, all published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Learning from the Past: An interview with multimedia artist Stephen Mead published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

An Unlikely Hero: An interview about the Red Flamboyant, a new play inspired by the first Vietnamese AIDS support group, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

HIV in My Eye, a book review published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Prepping Up for the Fight – PrEP Up Alabama, an interview with activist and NFL player Wade Davis published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Retooling the Fight, an interview with photographer and activist Bill Bytsura published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine
Check out Bytsura’s amazing work at the AIDS activist project, and visit often for updates on the upcoming kickstarter campaign.
Rain over 9/11 Memorial, NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald.
9/11 Memorial in the rain, NYC. Photo by Alina Oswald. Photo published in Journal of Cultural Geography.
Positive: A Memoir, a book review published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS MagazineVisual AIDS: Alternate Endings, a Day With(out) Art Event, an interview with Tom Kalin and Derek Jackson published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Visual AIDS Benefit Prints, an interview with Visual AIDS’ Nelson Santos about Visual AIDS‘ work during the holidays and around the year(s), published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS MagazineMetamorphoses, an interview with award winning fine art photographer Kurt Weston, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Finding Cures, an interview with Nathalia Holt, author of Cured. Article was published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

A Warrior’s Path, an interview with AIDS activist Maria Mejia and author Jason Wood about their new book, From a Warrior’s Passion and Pain, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Raise Your Voice!, an interview with and photographs of actor, fitness guru, Athlete Ally Ambassador, founder of Amazin Lethi Foundation and AIDS activist Amazin Lethi, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine   Some photographs were later published in Oi Vietnam magazine.

Aerial photography of smoking lava fields of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Aerial photography of smoking lava fields of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. Winning image of juried contest and part of a SoHo Photo NYC gallery show.

Talk to Me, an interview with award-winning author and public speaker Scott Fried, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Legendary Captures the Ballroom Scene: An Interview with award-winning photographer Gerard H. Gaskin published in Out IN Jersey Magazine

Invitation to a Ball, a feature article and photos about NYC Ballroom Community and related AIDS awareness, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine.
I’d like to thank LGBT activist and filmmaker, Wolfgang Busch, for introducing me to the ballroom community and inviting me to attend (and cover) this year’s International Ballroom Convention and the 35th House of Ultra Omni Anniversary Ball. Also, while at the Ballroom Convention, I’m glad to have met (photographed and interviewed) award-winning photographer Gerard H. Gaskin, Kevin Ultra Omni Burrus, members of Housing Works, Milton Garcia Ninja, members of the House of Omni, of the House of Bvlgari, artist Davey Mitchell, Chashama Gallery , and many others.

Through the Lens, or TTL, how photographers call it. But this Through the Lens is not a flash setting, rather an interview with award-winning photographer Gerard H. Gaskin, about his new book, LEGENDARY, documenting the ballroom scene, and covering HIV/AIDS campaigns. Check it out in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine.

AIDS Education Month, a feature article published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Mothers and Sons, a review of the play by Terrence McNally, originally published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Full Plate: An Interview with Ted Allen, the host of award-winning show, Chopped, on Dining Out For Life, HIV/AIDS, Chopped, dinner plans and much more. Article originally published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

The BROTHER Project an article published in Out IN Jersey Magazine

Queer Threads: An Interview with artists Allyson Mitchell, Jessica Whitbread, and L.J. Roberts about women (all self-identified women), HIV/AIDS (and related stigma), and feminism, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

She Shoots Men – A Review of Vivienne Maricevic’s She Shoots Men for Out IN Jersey Magazine

A Walk to Remember: An Interview with Walk On documentary producers Joseph Kibler and Mark Bashian published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

The Test of Time: An Interview with New York City artist Carmine Santaniello published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Journey to the Center of Our Hearts: An Interview with Nicholas Snow, Author of Life Positive: A Journey to the Center of My Heart, published in A&U Magazine: America’s AIDS Magazine

Southern Heroes: A Feature Article and Interview with 2008 CNN Hero and AIDS activist, Dr. Bambi Gaddist, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS MagazineAwaken: An Interview with artist Ronnie Queenan published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Virus Hunt – A Book Review published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Representing AIDS. Bags. Photo by Alina Oswald, published in A&U Magazine.

(re)Presenting AIDS: Culture & Accountability – An open forum. Text and photography made The Scene in September 2013 issue of A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Call Me Kuchu – A review of the award-winning documentary Call Me Kuchu published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

AIDS in New York: The First Five Years – An Interview with Jean Ashton, Curator of AIDS in New York, published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

AIDS Visionaries – An Interview with Tony Beall, President and CEO of Mister Nonprofit Consultancy published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine

Fitness 4 Poz – An Interview with Fitness Trainer Victor Tort published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine 

A Day with HIV in America – An Online Gallery Review published in A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS MagazineA Look Back at 30 Years of AIDS and AIDS Conspiracy Theories – A Feature Article published in Out IN Jersey Magazine

Art That Matters – An Interview with Visual Artist Nancer LeMoins published in A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine

Bridging the Gap – An Interview with Director and Producer of the AIDS Documentary We Were Here, published in A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine

Learning the ABCs of Humanity – An Interview with Award-Winning Artists, Actor, Photographer and Playwright Ntare Mbaho Guma Mwine. Feature Article published in A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine

BACKBONE – A Photography Book with images from my solo photography show, Backbone, August 8, 2008.

Matter of Faith – An Interview with Episcopal Priest and Author Elizabeth Geitz. Feature Article published in A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine

No Time to LoseA Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses, by Peter Piot, with Ruth Marchall – A Book Review published in A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine

Matter of Faith – An Interview with Episcopal Priest and Author Elizabeth Geitz. Feature Article published in A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine

No Time to LoseA Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses, by Peter Piot, with Ruth Marchall – A Book Review published in A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine

Sofrito Magic – An Interview with NYC Artist Mario Sostre. A Gallery Article published in A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine

The Origins of AIDS, by Jacque Pepin – A Book Review published in A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine

Well With My Soul, by Gregory G. Allen. A Book Review published in A&U–America’s AIDS Magazine

Samadhi – The Key to a Windless Mind – The Key to a Mindless Mind – An Interview with Ottawa’s Kaia Nightingale, a BSc, MA in Psychology and honorary Doctor in Meditation. Article originally published in Enlightened Practice Magazine

Pranayama: BREAD for a Stressful Day – an Interview with Maya Cunningham on how to live a heart-healthy, stress-less light. Article originally published in Enlightened Practice Magazine

Missing, by Drake Braxton, Seventh Window Publishing – a Book Review published in A&U Magazine

Photographing NYC actor Gary Gowling for A&U Magazine
Photographing the CEO of NBLCA for an A&U Magazine article by Chael Needle article
Photographing Health People CEO and staff for an A&U Magazine article by Chip Alfred

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