Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits

Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits By Loren Cameron, 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 genuineThe 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.. Body Alchemy Transsexual Portraits 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 B

  • Title: Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits
  • Author: Loren Cameron
  • ISBN: 9781573440622
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits”

    1. The strengths of this 1996 book are its photos of female to male transsexuals The head shots and nude full body self portraits artistic rather than prurient of author photographer Loren Cameron segue into a section of head shots and bios of other trans males, covering a range of ages One short section has photos showing the aftermath of top surgery and bottom surgery metoidioplasty and phalloplasty For me, the most interesting section showcases photos taken before and after transitioning the eff [...]

    2. This book is groundbreaking for its depection of trans mens bodies long before anyone else had a book like this out there Unfortunatly it is not the best The photography is fairly straight forward, its organization is not very interesting, only its subject hold any interest The genital shots are useful in an instructive manner, but fall flat as a creative work, and borrow far to much from a medicalized model that are the only previous documentation of trans mens bodies Loren is a better speaker [...]

    3. removed a star b c i recall finding this book fatphobic by omission it s been quite a while, so i m not 100% on my memory.

    4. The language Loren Cameron was using when this came out feels very, very dated right now, to the point that you d probably call somebody out and have a confrontation if they used it in 2009 But, I mean, instead of just being kind of a faded photograph or whatever, that actually throws into relief what an intense time the nineties were to be a trans man how few your role models were, how uncharted the life in front of you looked, how free and constrained you were, socially, at the same time Plus, [...]

    5. I don t see the hype Seeing that it s out of print now, I pined and waited to get this at the local library I was sorely disappointed, it was little than drivel with pictures, honestly For it to be so highly esteemed, I thought there d be some substance, but really there wasn t Get it from a library before actually paying money for it.

    6. This is THE book on FTM female to male tranformation in photographs I have met Loren Cameron and he is amazing The dichotomy between maleness and femaleness in seeing FTM s that chose not to fully have surgery like Cameron is very interesting.

    7. an interesting collection of portraits it s definitely dated a bit, but pretty groundbreaking for when it was released i wish some of the commentary was a little less sexist, but again, peoples ideas have changed a lot since the book was released.

    8. this is an awesome book i originally bought it for my ftm exboyfriend but kept it in the divorce loren camerons transformation is incredible the before and after photos are freaking amazing everyone should take a look at this book it takes only a few minutes and you will be amazed

    9. I have to say that I enjoyed the photographs than the actual text that accompanied it The photographs were beautiful, though.

    10. Loren Cameron is extremely self involved, misogynistic and arrogant but, I enjoy the idea of his art mission.

    11. I just re read this the first time was 6 years ago , and it s an amazing historical document and photographic essay of an ever growing community Much different for me the second time around

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