Originally published in 1983, Les Amies de Place Blanche focuses on the transsexual community living around the Place Blanche district of Paris in the early 1960s.
The new version of the book includes the original essays as well as new texts by Jacky and Nana, two of the women who feature in many photographs in the book.
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"This is a book about insecurity. A portrayal of those living a different life in the big city of Paris, of people who endured the roughness of the streets.
This is a book about humiliation, about the smell of whores and night life in cafés.
This is a book about the quest of self-identity, about the right to live, about the right to own and control one's own body.
This is also a book about friendship, an account of the life we lived in place Blanche and place Pigalle neighbourhood. Its market, its boulevard and the smell of hotels we resided in.
These are images from another time. A time when De Gaulle was president and France was at war against Algeria.
These are images of women - biologically born men - that we call "transsexuals".
As for me, I call them "my friends of place Blanche". This friendship started here, in the early 60's and it still continues. "
Christer Strömholm, 1983