In the late 80s, a close friend and world renowned fashion illustrator, Antonio Lopez, passed away from AIDS after being cared for by Susan Baraz in her Los Angeles home. His last interview was for the magazine "Vue" which was owned by Hossein Farmani. Antonio's devastating death came at a time when AIDS was a secret disease. Hossein had the idea to create a photography benefit to raise funds and awareness about the impact AIDS was having on the creative community. Both Susan and Hossein, coming from a photography and fashion world, decided to establish the first AIDS photography benefit of its kind. In October of 1987, "Focus On AIDS" held its first event. Since then, FOA's all-volunteer organization has become the largest photography benefit/auction in the US. Focus On AIDS has rasied over $2.8 million, 100% of which has been donated to various hands-on AIDS charities worldwide.