Mariette P. Allen


"Transformations" is a portfolio of 11 portraits of crossdressers that were made in the 1980s. The portfolio is the result of Ms. Allen’s pioneering work (photography and interviews) with crossressers and their families. The resulting photographs, which document daily life, relationships, families, offer an insight into gender stereotypes and preferences, culture and sexuality. The portfolio was produced to coincide with the publication of "Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them", in 1989.


The prints are dye transfer, edition of 25, 15 x 22 inches (on 24 x 30 inches mats) in an azure clamshell case

Mariette Pathy Allen is a photographer, writer, and speaker on gender topics. Her work is in the permanent collections of The New York Public Library, The Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, New York Public Library, NYC, The Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, Fogg Museum, Harvard U., MA, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, Duke University, Durham, NC, Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium and The Kinsey Institute, among others.

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