'Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche' Captures Transexuals Of Paris Red Light District In 1960s Although aesthetically the images embody the sexualized 60s femininity that makes "Mad Men" fans drool, their message is dramatically forward-thinking. The images celebrate the freedom to choose one's identity and the hope that softens the sacrifices we make to construct ourselves. "Les Amies de Place Blanche" will September 2 at the International Center of Photography in New York.
'Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche' Captures Transexuals Of Paris Red Light District In 1960s. Strömholm photographed these transgender "ladies of the night," who were biological males forced into selling their bodies to raise funds to pay for sexual reassignment surgery. Born in Sweden, Strömholm moved to the Parisian neighborhood of Pigalle in 1959, where he walked the streets and became intimate friends with the night owls and prostitutes he met along the way.