The idea of gender is no long as fixed as it once was: Tootsie
, La Cage aux Folles
, and Milton Berle saw to that. But none of this has prepared us for Loren Cameron’s amazing portraits of transsexuals. Beautifully reproduced and complemented with notes and short essays, these portraits of women who are now men may startle, but they will also make you marvel at the genuine complexities of life, sex, and desire. Body Alchemy
might have been a curiosity, like Diane Arbus’s photographs of those outside the physical and cultural mainstream, but Cameron’s art is so empathetic, so precise, that we are left in awe and with a new understanding of the realities of being human.
A photographic study of female-to-male (FTMs) transsexuals. Using before-and-after photographs of FTMs, accompanied by self-portraits and autobiographical text, the work includes photographs of genital reconstructions, with text by three FTMs who discuss how they feel about their surgery.
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A remarkable self-portrait of a female-to-male transsexual.
Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits is photographer Loren Cameron’s intensely personal photo documentary of female-to-male transsexuals (FTMs). A transsexual himself, Loren Cameron brings a sensitive, sophisticated insider’s eye to his subject matter. Using documentary style, a series of before-and-after photographs of FTMs in Cameron’s transsexual community, his own striking self-portraits, and intimate autobiographical text, he invites the viewer to experience this transformational rite of passage. Body Alchemy includes intimate, narrative photographs of Loren and his partner, Kayt, a lesbian-identified woman whose relationship to Cameron affords her much to say about the fluidity of gender and queer identity. Finally, Body Alchemy includes photographs of genital reconstructions, accompanied by text from three anonymous FTMs who discuss how they feel about their surgeries. ³Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Dianne Arbus among many others have all trained their lenses on the transgendered figure. Never have the transgendered seriously photographed their own. Not until Loren Cameron, that is.² Kate Bornstein, author, Gender Outla