Victor Arimondi created this poignant and haunting series of color photographs, entitled “55 x 1,” as a memorial to the many friends and muses he lost to AIDS in the years after HIV first began to stalk his adopted hometown of San Francisco. Each photograph in the series of 55 images shows a still-life composed by Arimondi and features a framed black-and-white portrait of a single man, often caught in the beauty of youth. The portraits, taken by Arimondi when he, too, was younger, are shown with a handful of objects chosen by the photographer to represent the man’s life and their relationship. The result is series of small altars, each a quiet but powerful vision of a young man taken too soon by AIDS. Yet the creations don’t appear to be solely about grief and loss. By including a condom packet and an “Obituaries on AIDS” headline cut out from a newspaper and framed in each still-life, Arimondi also seems to be commenting on the senseless toll exacted by the disease that sadly would take his life, too, in a few short years.