“Mariette Pathy Allen has spent almost forty years photographing transgender individuals, beginning with cross-dressers whose forays outside the safety of their homes were made at constant peril of social alienation or physical violence . . . . Allen’s artistic intention has always been to make an honest chronicle of members of this paraculture, and she collaborates with each of her subjects to represent them in the ways they want to be seen.”
—Philip Gefter, “Future Gender”

Mariette Pathy Allen has been photographing the transgender community for over 30 years. In 1978, Allen met crossdressers in her New Orleans hotel, and has since continued her work on gender variance, both in the U.S. and abroad. One of five books published since 1989,  The Gender Frontier, one of five of Allens’s books published since 1989, won Allen the 2004 Lambda Literary Award. Allen’s work is held in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Bibliotheque National, Paris, among others. Her life’s work is currently being archived by Duke University.