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Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits

Cameron, Loren

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ISBN 10: 1573440620 / ISBN 13: 9781573440622
Published by Cleis Pr, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits

Publisher: Cleis Pr, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits is a unique and extraordinary photographic collection by artist Loren Cameron. Body Alchemy is Loren Cameron's intensely personal photo documentary of female-to-male transsexuals (FTMs). A transsexual himself, Cameron brings a sensitive, sophisticated insider's eye to his subject matter. Using documentary style, a series of before-and-after photographs documenting the transformation of a number of FTMs in Cameron's transsexual community, his own striking self-portraits, and intimate autobiographical text, Loren invites the viewer to experience this transformational rite of passage. Loren Cameron's work strikes a warm, familiar tone that invites the viewer's participation - even when the subject matter is quite startling.


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.

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