Mariette Pathy Allen (U.S.)
Lady and Laura at the Las Vegas Club, Havana, 2012
Archival digital print, Archival pigment paper, printed in 2014, Edition 1/10
14 1/2 x 22 inches (37 x 56 cm), signed in pencil on back.
Sold with signed artist book, TransCuba (Daylight, 2014)
Courtesy of the artist
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Mariette Pathy Allen has been photographing the transgender community for over thirty-five
years. Through her artistic practice, she has been a pioneering force in gender consciousness,
contributing to numerous cultural and academic publications about gender variance and lecturing
throughout the globe. Her first book, Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them
(New York: Dutton, 1990), was groundbreaking in its investigation of a misunderstood community.
Her second book, The Gender Frontier (Heidelberg, Germany: Kehrer Verlag, 2003), is a collection of
photographs, interviews, and essays covering political activism, youth, and the range of people that
identify as transgender in the mainland United States. It won the 2004 Lambda Literary Award in the
transgender/genderqueer category. In 2014, Daylight Books published Allen’s new book, TransCuba,
and she received the Pioneer Award at Fantasia Fair, Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Allen’s life’s work is being archived at Duke University by the David Rubenstein Rare Book and
Manuscripts Library and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture. In addition
to her work with gender, Allen has a background as a painter, which frequently leads her to
photographic investigations of color, space, and cultural juxtapositions such as east/west, old/new,