Smiley Pool, Photojournalist And Creator Of Through The White Door, Makes A Special Appearance During World Aids Museum’s Opening Exhibition Fundraiser At The Galleria In Fort Lauderdale

Smiley Pool, photojournalist and creator of Through the White Door, a documentary photo project and exhibit that portrays the interconnected human experience of families affected by HIV/AIDS, made a first-time South Florida appearance for the opening exhibition reception presented by the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale.  The exhibition, consisting of 40 poignant images from South Africa, Romania, North Carolina, Texas and beyond, depicts the life struggles and triumphs of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS captured by Pool from his inspirational book of the same name. The Through the White Door photography project by Pool spans over two decades following a remarkable group of people who faced the HIV/AIDS crisis head-on and saved a generation of children. The project began with two newspaper stories at the Houston Chronicle in the 1990s with the rest of the work completed on his vacation time for the 20 years that followed — around his staff photographer positions at the Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News. The project culminated with an oversized hardcover book with 212 pages of his photography. The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center’s presentation of the Through the White Door exhibit was sponsored by The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale and supported by the Broward County Cultural Council.