Pierre Molinier was born in Agen, France, but lived his life in Bordeaux. He began taking photographs at the age of 18. By 1955, Molinier made contact with leading surrealist Andre Breton, who included his work in a number of exhibitions. A homosexual and a transvestite, Molinier produced self portraiture that chronicled his sexual fetishes and fantasies. The artist committed suicide in 1976.