From Grace Byron’s article for Observer:
When I stood in front of one of Mariette Pathy Allen’s portraits, I realized I was holding my hands the same way as Vanessa in a Fur Jacket. I noticed the work many of Allen’s subjects had done in an attempt to pass. The carefully painted nails, thin bracelets, bold make-up, leather pants, dangly earrings, and hair done just like Princess Diana.
“Transformations,” a revisiting of Allen’s photographs from 1989, is currently on view at ClampArt through April 10th. The portraits originally formed a portfolio to coincide with the publication of Allen’s book of the same name. Allen has a long history of photographing transgender people, from Burma to Thailand to Cuba.