Mariette Pathy Allen has been photographing the transgender community for over forty years. Through her artistic practice, she has been a pioneering force in gender consciousness, contributing to numerous cultural and academic publications about gender variance and lecturing across the globe. Her first book, published in 1989, was titled Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them (E.P. Dutton, Inc). The publication was groundbreaking in its investigation of a misunderstood community.