Les Amies De Place Blanche by Christer Stomholm

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A book of longing, then, and a true classic of postwar European photography.


Originally published in 1983, Les Amies focuses on the transsexual community around the Place Blanche district of Paris in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The book established Christer Strömholm's reputation as one of the leading photographers of the twentieth century.

The book includes the original essays by Strömholm and publisher Johan Ehrenberg as well as newly commissioned texts by Jackie and Nana, two of the women who feature in many photographs in the book. The book concludes with a thirty-two-page notebook of unpublished letters, papers, and contact sheets.


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Christer Stömholm: Born in Stockholm 1918. Moved to Paris in 1946 and enrolled at the Arts Academy. Between 1954 and 1964 he got to know and photograph transsexuals in the area of Place Blanche in Paris. Director of Fotoskolan in Stockholm, his students include many who become Sweden's leading photographers. Hélène Hazera: Hélène Hazera, a leading French journalist, actress, director, and television producer who is also a transsexual.
Published March 13, 2012 by Dewi Lewis Publishing. 212 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Gay & Lesbian.
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Reviewed by Sean O'Hagan on Mar 02 2012

A book of longing, then, and a true classic of postwar European photography.

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