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Photos of transgender women of 1950s and 60s Paris

Between the late 50s and early 60s, Swedish photographer Christer Stromholm travelled to Paris in the hope of creating a new kind of nightlife photography. While living in the red light district of Place Blanche, he befriended a group of transgender women who worked the streets and hotels to make a living.

In 1983, Stromholm published a book of the photographs, called Les Amies de Place Blanche. Of the series, he wrote: ‘These are images of people whose lives I shared and whom I think I understood’.

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About the author

Tulsa was born on the northern beaches of Sydney but was raised by nomadic, creative parents in Oklahoma, California and Hiroshima. She now lives in France. A grand-daughter of the late best-selling novelist, Morris West, she has been featured as an actress in the short film, Hide and Seek, directed by Fiona McGee and produced by Ruby Smallbone, and was once the face of Milk & Honey’s Designed By Ruby Rose collection.

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