This series actually started with the black and white images in New Orleans on the last day of Mardi Gras,1978, “when by fluke, I stayed at the same hotel as a group of crossdressers, one of whom became a friend,” writes Allen. “This chance meeting took me into a mostly closeted world of men who need to express their “feminine sides..” Realizing early on that I had stumbled upon something potentially liberating and almost completely misunderstood, I set out to de-freakify, and to offer a different view.”
The dye-transfer “Transformations” is a portfolio of 11 portraits of crossdressers that were made in the 1980s. The portfolio was produced to coincide with the publication of “Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them”, in 1989. In January, 1990, the series was exhibited at the Simon Lowinsky Gallery.