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Les Amies De Place Blanche.
Photographs by Christer Stromholm.
Aman Iman Editions, 2013. 226 pp., black & white illustrations throughout, 11¾
First published in 1983, ‘Les Amies de Place Blanche’ lends an intimate, dignified and confronting portrait of male prostitutes, transvestites and transsexuals in the Place Blanche area of 1960s Paris, among whom Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm lived for a time, enjoying their camaraderie, routines and friendship. It is an account of everyday life – and nightlife – shot in black and white with a Leica camera, and warmly illuminated by impeccable ambient light. With a foreword by Christian Caujolle, this new edition beautifully presents their lives in numerous portraits and settings, and Strömholm’s personal account of the experience is mesmerising.
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