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The Photographer's Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of work drawn from the personal archives of filmmaker Sebastien Lifshitz.
Lifshitz had a particular fascination with cross-dressing, and as his collection grew he began to trace the commonalities and differences between the images, allowing him to challenge the assumptions we make about gender.
Dating from the late 19th-century onwards, the photographs appear to have been collected from flea markets, junk shops and even eBay, and show unknown people who decided to defy the normal gender conventions. The photographs feature a wide-range of social classes, professions and nationalities -- the only commonality is that they dared to play with dress codes in front of a camera, maybe because they were unable to do so in public.
The highlight of the exhibition is a collection of images of Marie-Pierre Pruvot, a French transsexual who performed under the stage name Bambi, who was the subject of an award-winning documentary by Lifshitz in 2013.
Roman Vishniac Rediscovered – 26 Oct 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Roman Vishniac is best known for documenting the daily life of harrassed Jews living in Germany between the wars.
All I Know Is What’s On The Internet – 26 Oct 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – This exhibition examines the role that photography once had, and how it has changed in this age of internet images
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If you enjoy Photographer’s Gallery then you might like to visit 18 Stafford Terrace (catch the train from Oxford Circus to High Street Kensington)
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