The Trans Sex Workers of 1960s Paris

Christer Strömholm (aka Christer Christian), who died in 2002 at the age of 84, was an early proponent of photographic vérité — real-life portraits, typically in black-and-white. When he traveled to Paris in the late 1950s, he befriended the transgender women who worked the streets in the Place Blanche, and they allowed him to document them on their turf and in their homes.

These works were collected in the book Les Amies de Place Blanche, showing the lives of trans sex workers who fought to live as women as they saved up enough for sex-reassignment surgery. The book was published in 1983 and remains a rare find, even in reprints. Here are some of the more compelling images…

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