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Mariette Pathy Allen has been photographing the transgender community for over 30 years. Through her artistic practice, she has been a pioneering force in gender consciousness, contributing to numerous cultural and academic publications about gender variance and lecturing throughout the globe. Her first book “Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them” was groundbreaking in its investigation of a misunderstood community. Her second book “The Gender Frontier” is a collection of photographs, interviews, and essays covering political activism, youth and the range of people that identify as transgender in mainland USA. It won the 2004 Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender/Genderqueer category. Daylight books have just published Mariette’s new book, “Transcuba”.


Marriette’s life’s work is currently being archived by Duke University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s Studies. In addition to her work with gender, Mariette’s background as a painter frequently leads her to photographic investigations of color, space and cultural juxtapositions such as east and west, old and new, handmade and manufactured.

Mariette Pathy Allen graduated from Vassar College and then attended the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania where she received an MFA in Fine Arts and Painting.


Pathy Allen is based in New York City. 

CV Available Upon Request. 

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