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Julie Potratz

What the Reggie Williams exhibition means to me? 

The exhibit for me is about empowerment and inspiration.

It is about the life and times of Reggie Williams, a black, gay man, who walked tall, spoke softly and moved mountains of people with his honesty and integrity.

It is  history, filled with laughter, tears, respect, truth, honor, global communications and bonds forged through struggle and committment.  It is about the magic of kindness and how compassion  makes our world a better, sweeter place.

My contribution to the exhibition are portraits as well as posters educating the public about AIDS.

Thinking back, it seemed almost an impossible task last year to be able to put it all together in time for the opening. There was a flurry of frenzied brainstorming, gathering, sorting, and arranging. Then before we knew what happened it happened!. So when Wolfgang asked me for assistance this year, I gladly volunteered, since I loved Reggie like my own dear brother. He touched my heart deeply.


I first met Reggie in 1997. I had heard much about him from my Amsterdam friends Anna Krul and Sook Bonsma, the founding members of Strange Fruit, a  multicultural Queer group I was active in. Anna and Sook met Reggie during the 1992 World AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. Reggie and I had many friends in common and organized Strange Fruit video evenings at the
COC (Amsterdam's Queer Community center). Reggie would always make sure there were fresh baked goodies to share with everyone that came to the event. He was always so kind and considerate. He is very much missed here in Amsterdam...and on the planet

All the photos in the exhibit are of friends and acquaintances of Reggie's. 

Brandy Moore, Photo for the 'Sentinel', late 1980s

I have been a photographer for 25 years and a carpenter for the past 18 years. I've lived in San Francisco, London and now Amsterdam. I came out in 1978. Recently I have started my own company called Bobcat Construction here in Amsterdam. I continue to do freelance photography assignments and my last gig was in Germany, at a Bavarian lesbian commitment ceremony. 

Julie Potratz, 2002


Julie Potratz currently lives and works in Washington State.


The Black Liners posters, which are in the exhibit are from London. 
They are in collaboration with Anna Krul.