Queer Photo Salon
June 14, 7:30pm
Rainbow Room | LGBT Center 2nd Floor
Tix: $8 – $15 sliding scale / BPT
Chloe Atkins, in conjunction with the Queer Cultural Center, presents another fabulous Queer Photo Salon, featuring Trish Tunney, John Fagundes, and Mariette Pathy Allen, in the Rainbow Room of San Francisco’s LGBT Center.
Queer Photo Salons celebrate and showcase the images of our community that document our lives and histories for future generations. This exciting Salon series brings three photographers together with their audiences, to view and appreciate all the wonderful, diverse wealth of photography coming out of our LGBT Community. The Queer Photo Salons stimulate discussion as well as creativity amongst all who attend, from the photographers themselves to the audience members.
Mariette Pathy Allen
Mariette Pathy Allen expected to devote her professional life to painting until she took a class in photography with Harold Feinstein. It felt as if she were given a passport into the world. Her earliest work, in 1968, capture “the face of New Jersey” for the State Museum of New Jersey.
From 1978 through the ’80s, she photographed and interviewed male-to-female crossdressers in relationships to spouses and children, in everyday life. This work culminated in the publication of “Transformations: Cross dressers and Those Who Love Them”, and an exhibition at the Simon Lowinsky Gallery in 1990.
In the ’90s, she expanded to focus on female-to-male and male-to-female people who live in the gender in which they identify. These photographs are included in Leslie Feinberg’s “Transgender Warriors” and Riki Wilchin’s “Read My Lips”. In 2004, Mariette’s book, “The Gender Frontier”, published by Kehrer, Heidelberg, Germany, won the Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender/Genderqueer category.
She has consulted for documentary films that include transgender themes. “The Transgender Revolution”, was nominated for a GLAAD media award, and “Southern Comfort” won the 2001 Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize in documentary film.
John Fagundes, a long time collector, holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Art History and studied the art business at Sotheby’s in London. He lectures on Physique Photography at City College San Francisco in the footsteps of his friend and mentor Willie Walker, chief founder of the GLBT Historical Society, where John is also the voluntary curator of photography and posters.
Never without her camera, Trish Tunney has been making pictures for over 20 years. In her portrait work, one of her great joys is to present someone with an image that reminds them of how beautiful they are. This desire to record beauty carries over to her event work and even her sports photography. This work demonstrates her attraction to contrast, patterns and intimate focal lengths. Most of her images are made in urban areas where she exposes the delicate grace hidden in the weathered streets.
Chloe Atkins began photographing in earnest in the later 1970’s. Her photography has been exhibited and collected across the United States and have appeared in publications around the world. A monograph, “Atkins: Girls’ Night Out,” was released by St. Martin’s Press 1998.