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Body Alchemy : Transsexual Portraits

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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.

A reader writes: "A seminal book - a powerful photographic record of ftm transsexuals in society. This is the book that first made me acknowledge my own transsexualism - the mirror I had been looking for all my life. Cameron's photography, both of himself and others, is stark black and white imagery of the anger, pain and emergent joy associated with transition. A wide variety of men of different ages, backgrounds, jobs, families, apperance, likes and dislikes, all sharing one common thread. Text in the book is minimal but well written and apposite, autobiographically topped and tailed by Cameron. Includes some pictures of genital modification - very well received amongst the transmen I know as no-one else has ever compiled a readily available book showing what the results of these surgeries can look like. Fascinating, triumphant, joyful - this is the book that shows the liberating experience of finally becoming oneself after years trapped in the wrong body. Well done, Mr Cameron ! ! and thank you."

Loren Cameron

Cleis Press

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Paperback, 110 pp.


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