“These beautiful photographs of transgender women in Paris from the late 1950s and early 1960s were taken by Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm, who travelled to the city in the late-fifties in the hope of creating a new kind of night-life street photography. Strömholm lived in the Red Light district around Place Blanche and Pigalle where he made friends with many of the young transgender women who worked the streets and hotels to earn a living.
In 1983, Strömholm collected many of these photographs together for his book Les Amies de Place Blanche, for which he wrote an introduction explaining his interest in photographing these women:
“This is a book about the quest for self-identity, about the right to live, about the right to own and control one’s body.
…These are images of people whose lives I shared and whom I think I understood.
The whole collection can be seen here”
Source: Dangerous Minds
Dita Pepe, a Czech photographer from Ostrava, takes photos of herself as part of different families and with different men. “The Self-portraits” series began in 1999 with photos of Pepe in other women’s lives, but just as her life and partners changed, her 2003 MA project became “Self-portraits with Men.” The project is ongoing.
“What would it be like if I had been born somewhere else, in a different way, to other parents?” Pepe told CNN. “By using someone else’s clothes, I think I am dressing into someone else’s skin…”
Pepe’s self-portrait photography captures how identity is dependent on people and your surroundings. In 2003 she gave birth to her daughter, Ida, who is featured in many of her shoots.