Les Amies de Place Blanche

On Friday, as part of my class, Photography as Practice: The Daily Blog, we went to see the Christer Stromholm exhibit at the ICP Museum.  It is breathtakingly beautiful, evocative and intimate.  Christer Stockholm created this body of work in Paris in the late 1960’s.  Les Amies de Place Blanche is a portrait of the transexual “ladies of the night”, who came to Paris in pursuit of sex change operations.  In writing about this work,  Christer Sotckholm said, “It was then–and still is–about obtaining the freedom to choose one’s own life and identity.”

TIME Lightbox has a wonderful slide show of some of the images.

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