jess t. dugan

Susanna and Scout, from Jess T. Dugan’s Coupled:

Coupled is a series of twenty large-format Polaroid photographs of queer couples, taken between 2006 and 2008. Every person has some connection to a female identity, whether past or present. The images are direct and posed, with the same lighting and bold, red background in each image in an attempt to direct the focus entirely onto the subject. The couples are simultaneously unique and similar, becoming almost specimens of a cultural group through repetition of composition. While the images portray a specific group of couples at a historic time, they also raise universal questions about attraction, love, and the nature of relationships.
What being transgender after 50 looks like

An ongoing photo series looks at the complexity and history of being trans and over 50. (Article from Fusion).

Photos by Jess T. Dugan. Top: Louis, 54, Springfield, Mass ,bottom: Renee, 68, Chicago, Ill., USA

There’s something really powerful about portraits, especially when the subject is staring right back at you.

And even more so when that subject is “rarely visualized,” to use the words of photographer Jess T. Dugan. Starting in the fall of 2013, Dugan traveled the country taking photos of a group of people she says deserve to be seen more often: transgender and gender variant people over the age of 50.

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Bobbi, 83, Detroit, Mich.