Maggie Dethloff, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Photography and New Media, Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University: Jess T. Dugan’s work explores issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and community through photographic portraiture. For this series, "To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults", Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre traveled throughout the United States photographing and interviewing older transgender people, who, they note, are overwhelmingly absent from cultural imagery. The photographs and interviews reveal their subjects to be complicated individuals, whose experiences uncover complex intersections of gender, age, race, sexuality, and class. Preston is relaxed in his portrait, leaning against a wall, gazing out at the viewer. In his interview, he recalls the difference it made when he learned the word transgender. In contrast to Larry Benko’s comments on Jim Goldberg’s portrait of him, Preston’s interview recounts his father’s unselfconscious display of vulnerability and acceptance when Preston came out as transgender, presenting a different model of masculinity.
Jess T. Dugan (dealer), St. Louis, MO; sold to the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, 2019.
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