Posts tagged: gay and lesbian photography

Intimate Portraits of Vietnamese Gay and Lesbian Couples

Maika Elan

Maika Elan is a 25-year-old freelance photographer based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Her recent photo series about gay and lesbian couples in Vietnam portrays an intimate, private view of love behind closed doors. Named The Pink Choice after a website for gay travelers, it documents same sex relationships in a nation and culture that has been hesitant to accept them.

Portraits of New Yorkers with Sexual Fetishes (NSFW)


RileyKilo, transgender age-player

Around the time same-sex marriage became legal in New York the idea of complex sexuality seemed to be in the air around me. Fifty Shades of Grey was getting attention, political chatter was everywhere, a dominatrix was interviewed by Terry Gross, and my roommate told me about her fetishist friend studying for a PhD in psychology. Our culture is just beginning to accept sexual identity beyond the traditional male/female roles. This project is a natural response to what I feel is a limited understanding of (or desire to understand) the very complex nature of sexuality in America. I wanted to go further than the “norm” and meet people whose identity is more nuanced than the black and white concepts we are fed daily.

I started doing research and learned about the vibrant kink community in NYC, including a Facebook-like website called, which launched in 2008. Not long ago it would have been quite difficult to contact a wide variety of fetishists without scouring the city trying to earn trust. A historically underground community is now meeting online, so I was suddenly granted access to thousands of people that are otherwise hidden.

Becoming a Woman: Striking Side-By-Side Portraits of Teens and Transgender Women

Charlie-White photography

As part of a multi-year project called “The Girl Studies,” Charlie White photographed teen girls between the ages of 12 and 14 side-by-side with male to female transgender adults. In each image, the paired individuals stand out against a non-descript background, making their similarities in appearance all the more evident. Ultimately, the mini-series is a comparative study of two paths toward womanhood, one biological and the other surgical/chemical in nature.

Portraits of American LGBT Youth

LGBT youth Braxton, 20, Auburn, AL

We Are the Youth, created by photographer Laurel Golio and journalist Diana Scholl, is a photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the United States. Through photographic portraits and “as told to” interviews in the participants’ own voices, We Are the Youth captures the incredible diversity and uniqueness among the LGBT youth population, and addresses the lack of visibility of LGBT young people by providing a space to share their stories in an honest and respectful way.

Jess T. Dugan’s Photographic Study of Gender and Transformation (NSFW)

Jess-T-Dugan photography

Jess T. Dugan is a photographer whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. Jess earned a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an ALM in Museum Studies from Harvard University.

‘Jesus Days’: A Photographic Memoir of a Closeted Gay Man

Greg-Reynolds jesus days photography

Greg Reynolds is a Brooklyn based photographer. Originally from Kentucky, he moved to NYC to attend the Film School of Columbia University from which he obtained an M.F.A. Prior to graduate school, Greg was an Evangelist and Campus Minister for a U.S. based, evangelical Christian student organization, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Coming out as a Gay Man necessitated his resignation from this conservative Christian organization. Reynolds is raising money through Kickstarter in order to produce a photo-book about his life as a closeted gay man in the ministry. He writes:

Queer Life in Bangalore Captured by Akshay Mahajan

Akshay-Mahajan photography

Akshay Mahajan is a documentary photographer based in Mumbai. These images are from a photo-essay on the queer personal histories of a group of his friends in Bangalore. They explore everyday details of queer life—of stories told, deception, misplaced love, lust and loneliness.

Akshay-Mahajan photography

Akshay-Mahajan photography

Portraits of Transgender Sex Workers in Rio de Janeiro


Jessica Rosen is an American portrait and fashion photographer living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. About her series, The girls from Avenida Mem de Sa, Rosen writes:

‘I have spent the past three years working closely with a community of transgender sex workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All of the subjects of these photos were born biologically male and have since taken steps toward feminizing their identity. These photographs are a celebration of beauty both masculine and feminine and everything in between and beyond.’


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