Preview: Cross Dressing Hipsters in 60’s Paris, ICP, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on June 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm


Christer Strömholm

A great Swedish photographer, Christer Strömholm, has a terrific exhibit at the International Center for Photography. Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche is challenging to the eye and heart.

Christer Strömholm (1918-2002) was one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, but he is little known outside of his native Sweden. This exhibition presents his most powerful and acclaimed body of work: Les Amies de la Place Blanche, a documentation of transsexual street hustlers in Paris in the 1960s. Arriving in Paris in the late 1950s, Strömholm settled in Place Blanche in the heart of the city’s red-light district. There, he befriended and photographed young transsexuals struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations. Strömholm’s surprisingly intimate portraits and lush Brassaï-like night scenes form a magnificent, dark, and at times quite moving photo album, a vibrant tribute to these girls, the "girlfriends of La Place Blanche." The photographs were first published in Sweden in 1983, and the book quickly sold out, becoming a cult classic; it is being reissued in French and English this year. Strömholm’s photo-essay raises profound issues about sexuality and gender; as he wrote in 1983, "It was then-and still is-about obtaining the freedom to choose one’s own life and identity."

May 18-September 2, 2012

For more information: ICP

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