Drag, gender, queerness, and transsexuality in all their variety – BENJAMIN WOLBERGS’ carefully researched and richly designed book introduces contemporary photographic positions, including those of well-established photographers alongside plenty of unknown and less-known talents. Intimate moments, photos that tell stories and fateful tales, are complemented by texts written by author and historian Ben Miller.
They shine a critical light on their own and society’s approach to transsexuality and gender roles and expose the corrupting but also affirmative power of pornography.
Films, series, and mainstream cultural appropriation suggest that society has largely embraced queer lifestyles. However, a number of documentary photographers provide evidence that being gay or lesbian can still lead to marginalization, isolation, stigmatization, and violence in certain countries and communities. Their works also take the regime of sexuality itself into account and show that many bans on same-sex contact have colonial origins.
Benjamnin Wolbergs in an interview with Vogue: “I think that as long as people are treated with hostility, discriminated against or threatened with physical or mental abuse because of the way they live and love, and they can even be punished with the death penalty in twelve countries of the world, these works are highly relevant to our society.”
The book is available in Europe via Kettler Publishing, and in the US and Canada via Gingko Press.
Ben Miller is a writer and historian living in Berlin, where he is a Doctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of Global Intellectual History at the Freie Universität, and has taught on queer history, literature, and visual cultures at the Humboldt Universität and The New Centre for Research & Practice.