In the fifties, the Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm moved to Place Blanche, Paris, and began documenting the lives of his friends—the transsexual prostitutes of the neighborhood’s red-light district. From street walks at night to everyday life in hotel rooms, Strömholm followed their struggles and their triumphs. “These are images of people whose lives I shared and whom I think I understood. These are images of women—biologically born as men—that we call ‘transsexuals,’ ” Strömholm wrote in his book of the series, published in 1983. His photographs, he wrote, “are 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.” Here’s a selection of images from “Les Amies de Place Blanche,” one of which appeared this week in the magazine’s Goings On About Town section.
While much of the LGBTQ world was excited to see France clear the last hurdle and legalize gay-marriage in an Assembly vote yesterday, there are still large populations of conservative French folks who are none-to-pleased with the outcome. While the initial reaction to the announcement was met with boos and the like, as demonstrations on [...]