July 21


Flash Back: Paris Transgender Community Circa 1950’s


Christer Strömholm was a photographer who captured the lives of Paris’ transgender community in the 1950’s. His exhibit is pretty remarkable. I am sharing some of the photos and the introduction to his book to continue the conversation around the T in LGBT.

“This is a book about insecurity. A portrayal of those living a different life in the big city of Paris, of people who endured the roughness of the streets.

This is a book about humiliation, about the smell of whores and night life in cafés.

This is a book about the quest for self-identity, about the right to live, about the right to own and control one’s own body.

These are images of women—biologically born as men—that we call ‘transsexuals.’ As for me, I call them ‘my friends of place Blanche.’ This friendship started here, in the early 60s and it still continues.”

The complete photography collection can be found here.