Les Amies de la Place Blanche
International Center of Photography
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New York, NY 10036
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Christer Strömholm (1918–2002) was one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, but he is little known outside of his native Sweden. This exhibition presents his most powerful and acclaimed body of work: a documentation of transsexual street hustlers in Paris in the 1960s.
Arriving in Paris in the late 1950s, Strömholm settled in Place Blanche in the heart of the city’s red-light district. There, he befriended and photographed young transgender male prostitutes struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations.
Strömholm’s surprisingly intimate portraits and lush Brassaï-like night scenes form a magnificent, dark, and at times quite moving photo album.
For more information about Christer Strömholm visit his website.