christer strömholm’s beautiful portraits of transsexual prostitutes 1950s – 1960s (31 pics)


Strömholm and His Subjects

Living close to the transgender males for 10 years, Strömholm worked into the early hours as he followed and photographed his subjects. He “shared their early afternoon breakfasts…watched them put on make-up and clothes, went down with them to the streets as they solicited for clients,” said Christian Caujolle, owner of the Vu photography agency in Paris.

“These are images of people whose lives I shared and whom I think I understood,” Strömholm wrote in the foreword of Les amies de Place Blanche in 1983. “These are images of women – biologically born as men – that we call ‘transsexuals.’ As for me, I call them ‘my friends of Place Blanche.’ It was then – and still is – about obtaining the freedom to choose one’s own life and identity.”

Sean O’Hagan of The Guardian said of the photographs: “The transsexuals of Place Blanche led a hard life of often dogged survival, but in the photographs, one senses a camaraderie – between the girls and between the photographer and his subject – as well as an almost celebratory defiance.

“Gina and Nana pose like glamorous film stars, Martine like an exotic circus performer, and [Jacky] like someone who could just as easily have hung out at Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York in the late 1960s.

“Strömholm offered them total self-expression, and they responded accordingly.”

Good story @ TIME MAGAZINE

10 Responses

  1. Aisha madrone

    Lovely ladies.
    So thankful that these are still around and that we get to see them. I like the term someone used: Queeroes! So true! <3

    June 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm

  2. AA

    Very cool. Thanks for posting this.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  3. I love them. I loved the sophistication of there look. Their clothes were fabulous. Very beautiful and tasteful. Love it. Thanks

    July 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

  4. byke

    absolutely wonderful images! thanks so much for posting!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

  5. dabu

    truly amazing pictures, thanking for sharing the wonderful pictures here.

    August 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

  6. laura Feer

    Brilliant picture ,great story ! Unique and best of the all

    August 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  7. Lennart tok this picture of me i -68. From the clAss room at Söder, Sthlm. When I was y young and handsome. Now only handsome. But still curiously focusing. And so happy for Christer’s pictures. They are so full of trust, confidence, as well as beauty. NA

    October 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

  8. And here comes Lennart’s picture! NA

    October 27, 2012 at 6:41 am

    • admin

      Nils, this is so lovely! Thanks for sharing.

      October 27, 2012 at 7:07 am

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