Rheims With Gender

I really am not sure what to think of this project. The idea was to photograph genders, as she did in the 80s, but somewhere along the way she discovered a few people who were genderqueer or trans*.

I love the idea but I also feel a little squeamish about the description of the project.

I think I’d prefer to hear their voices talking about how they live in their bodies and genders, and what they think of both.


Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. Plus, yknow, some representations of trans folk that aren’t young white and skinny, would be nice..

  2. It makes me squeamish too; there’s a certain Germanic scientific coldness to her comments about “Ze body duzzunt go mit de voice”.

    I personally think my friend Jen Rosenstein’s portraits of us in all of our raw naked glory show more love, sensitivity and insight into us than anyone else.Jen is a proud butch Dyke, and she truly connects with her subjects;I’ll testify to that. She just took more photos at LA pride, so her portfolio should be more exciting yet.

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