• Regional Arts Commission Artist Fellowship

    I am honored that I have been chosen to receive a 2016 Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Since 2013, RAC has awarded ten individual, unrestricted grants each year to artists living and working in St. Louis.

    This grant will help me finish photographing for To Survive on this Shore by making it possible to travel to locations I have not yet been able to reach, including more rural or less populated areas of the country.

    To date, I have photographed 73 people in 21 states throughout the United States. This grant will allow me to fill in critical gaps and complete the series in 2017.

    A huge thank you to RAC for their support! I am honored to be among this dynamic group of artists.  

    Read the press release here.  Click here or on the photo below to read a feature about the fellowships on St. Louis Public Radio.  

  • Visiting Artist at the University of South Carolina

    I recently visited the University of South Carolina where I gave an artist's talk, taught "The Intimate Portrait" workshop, and participated as a portfolio reviewer in their annual student Photo Festival.  

    A few photos from the workshop and the reviews are below:

  • "Face It: Reimagining Photographic Portraits" at Bowling Green State University

    I'm looking forward to visiting Bowling Green State University, where I have work in the exhibition "Face It: Reimagining Photographic Portraits" alongside artists Sally Mann, Barbara Bosworth, Elinor Carucci, Emmet Gowin, David Hilliard, Nicholas Nixon, and August Sander, among others.  

    I'll be giving a public lecture and book signing on September 19th at 5 pm as well as teaching a 2-day portrait workshop for BGSU students.  The exhibition will be on display in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at BGSU from August 30-October 6, 2016.  

    The exhibition will also travel to the Slocumb Gallery and Reece Museum at Tennessee State University, where it will be on display from October 10-28, 2016.

  • "Signal" at Smack Mellon

    Work from Every breath we drew is currently included in Signal at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, NY.  The show runs through April 17, 2016 and includes work by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Nicki Green, Rhys Ernst & Zackary Drucker, Young Joon Kwak, Carlos Motta, Cobi Moules, Chelsea Thompto, Gil Yefman, and Rona Yefman.

  • White House Champions of Change: LGBT Artists

    I am honored to have been chosen as a 2015 White House Champion of Change. On Monday, November 23, 2015, I was invited to the White House to speak about my work, particularly my ongoing series To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender-Variant Older Adults, alongside eight other artists and award recipients. 

    The event was streamed live and the full video can be watched here

    More information can be found on the Champions of Change website.  

  • Recent book sightings

    Over the past month, friends and colleagues have been sending me photos of my book in their homes, spotted in bookstores, or purchased for University libraries.  Here are a few of my favorites:

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Bookstore:

    Bradley University, new acquisitions for the library:

    Dawoud Bey's new additions to his personal library:

    Cornell Fine Arts Museum Bookstore:

    David Hilliard's copy:

    Friends at the Gallery Kayafas book signing:

  • Every breath we drew at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

    Every breath we drew opened at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida on August 15, 2015.  Here are a few images of the exhibition, which will be on display through January 3, 2016.  

  • Studio Day

    I made a lot of new portraits for "To Survive on this Shore" over the summer and have finally caught up on editing and making prints. There are currently 40 people in the project, with more coming soon.

  • Every breath we drew: The book

    Every breath we drew, the book, has been released!  This 9" x 11" hardcover publication contains 62 color photographs, an essay by Cornell Fine Arts Museum Curator Amy Galpin, and an interview with photographer Dawoud Bey.  You can order a signed copy here.  

  • New York Times: To Survive on this Shore

    Photographs from To Survive on this Shore are featured in the New York Times article, "For Some in Transgender Community, It's Never Too Late to Make a Change," written by Jacob Bernstein and featured in the Sunday Styles section of the print edition on March 8, 2015.  Take a look at the article here

  • Show and Lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Identity Check: Works in Contemporary Photography, which contains twelve photos from my series Transcendence, opens this Friday, February 27 in the Union Art Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  I will be giving a lecture on my work on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.  The show runs through March 27.  More information can be found here.

  • Press for "To Survive on this Shore"

    To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and interviews with transgender and gender variant older adults has gotten some exciting press recently.  Photos from the series were featured in The Advocate:

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    It was also the subject of a two-part radio and web story on St. Louis Public Radio.  Reporter Nancy Fowler spoke with collaborators Jess and Vanessa about the project in the first feature and reported from the photo shoot with one of the participants, Stephanie, in the second