by Cheyenne Tulsa in New Photography on Thursday 25 July 2013

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’.