San Francisco author Rhiannon Argo’s award winning book The Creamsickle was just published for German fans… and they used an ancient photo of mine for the cover! I shot this in front of the Lexington Club specifically for this book cover, but it was so long ago I forgot about it. Congrats, Argo!
Danny is photographer I look up to. He is well known for documenting Harvey Milk’s rise and beyond in queer San Francisco culture. It all started in 1974 while as a young teen Dan was hired by Harvey Milk to work at his now-infamous Castro Camera store.
I photographed Danny in his home studio in San Francisco in 2009.
TEAR SHEET FROM ORIGINAL PLUMBING #8 / “FAMILY MATTERS” ISSUE / Portrait of my mother and I, then one of Rocco and his mother.
In this issue you can read letters our moms wrote to each other about finding community within each other and how parents of trans people need community too. We email-introduced them and now they are like BFF and gossip about us behind our backs. Both RUDE and CUTE! Also, I’m wearing my moms shirt in this pic because I had a wardrobe malfunction.
While I was in Los Angeles I had the opportunity to hang out with influential artist Catherine Opie, a photographer I’ve been compared to because of the trans subject matter I focus on. Opie created iconic portraits of queer subcultures in the 90s and has since gone on to document American identity in various forms, from portraits of empty freeways to high school football players.