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PHOTOS: Explore TransCuba

PHOTOS: Explore TransCuba

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As Cuba emerges from decades under the repressive regime of Fidel Castro, the island nation's embrace of diversity is powerfully captured in photographer Mariette Pathy Allen's new book, TransCuba.

Mariette Pathy Allen's TransCuba is as much an intimate peek into the everyday lives of Cuba's trans female population as it is a visual record of the country's growing oppenness to diversity under Raul Castro's presidency.

Featuring vibrant, full-page photos of transgender women in their daily environments -- from their homes, to neighborhood streets, to social outings with friends and partners -- the collection's interspersion of posed and candid photos are a far cry from the media's sensationalistic portrayals of trans lives. Rather, the women are engaged in quiet, banal moments, or else are looking resolutely at the viewer, demanding to be seen on their own terms and turf.

Allen, a cisgender (non-trans) artist, has spent the last 30 years photographing members of transgender and gender-variant communities, often focusing on "daily life, in positive settings and relationships." She released Transformations, a collection devoted to male-to-female crossdressers, in 1989, and the award-winning The Gender Frontier in 2004. Her latest book, TransCuba, is now available through Daylight Books and Amazon.

Click through the photos below to see Allen's work.
Transcuba001_0All images copyright Mariette Pathy Allen, from the book TransCuba published by Daylight.

Transcuba002_0Charito at home with one-week-old piglet, Camaguey.

Transcuba003_0In Amanda's home, Havana.

Transcuba004_0Amanda at home wearing Eiffel Tower T-Shirt, Havana.

Transcuba005_0The view from Natalie's window, Havana.

Transcuba006_0Alsola, Santiago de Cuba.

Transcuba007_0Malu with her parents and sister, in front of their home.

Transcuba008_0Paloma with her boyfriend at Mi Cayito beach, near Havana.

Transcuba009_0Erika at home, Cienfuegos.

Transcuba010_0Erika with her boyfriend, Cienfuegos.

Transcuba011_0Laura at home, Havana.

Transcuba012_0Sissi, hairdresser, with her niece, Cienfuegos.

Transcuba013_0Nomi and Miguel, partners, watching television at Malu's apartment, Havana.

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