Trans-Women of 1960s Paris

Trans-Women of 1960s Paris

Christer Strömholm (aka Christer Christian), who died in 2002 at the age of 84, specialized in portraits of individuals in real-life situations and photographed primarily in black and white. When he traveled to Paris in the late 1950s, he befriended the transgender women who worked the streets in the Place Blanche, and they allowed him to photograph them on the beat and in their homes.

These works were collected in the book Les Amies de Place Blanche, and they document snapshots of the lives of these transsexual prostitutes, who were fighting to live as women and to save money for sex reassignment surgery. The book was published in 1983 and is difficult to find, even in reprints, and typically costs several hundred dollars. Here are some of the more compelling works portraits…

 

Source: Trans-Women of 1960s Paris | Hint Fashion Magazine By Chris Nelson

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