Documentary Matters: 6.28.23 Pride Month

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Celebrating Pride

Mariette Pathy Allen
Gerard H. Gaskin
Anne Vetter


Wednesday, June 28, 2023 via Zoom
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Photo by Mariette Pathy Allen
Photograph by Mariette Pathy Allen from TransCuba.


Mariette Pathy AllenMariette Pathy Allen has been photographing the transgender community for over 40 years. Through her artistic practice, she has been a pioneering force in gender consciousness, contributing to numerous cultural and academic publications about gender variance and lecturing throughout the globe. Her first book Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them was groundbreaking in its investigation of a misunderstood community. Her second book The Gender Frontier is a collection of photographs, interviews, and essays covering political activism, youth, and the range of people that identify as transgender in mainland USA. It won the 2004 Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender/Genderqueer category. Daylight books has published Mariette’s books, TransCuba in 2014, and her new book Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma and Thailand in 2017. Mariette’s life’s work is being archived by Duke University's Rare Book and Manuscripts Library, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's Studies. In addition to her work with gender, Mariette’s background as a painter frequently leads her to photographic investigations of color, space, and cultural juxtapositions such as east/west, old/new, handmade/manufactured. Mariett's work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collection of many public and private collections.


Gerard H. GaskinGerard H. Gaskin is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. His book, Legendary: Inside the House and Ballroom Scene was published in 2013 from Duke University Press. As a freelance photographer his work is widely published in newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad including: The New York TimesNewsdayPolitiken, Black Enterprise, Ebony, Teen People, Caribbean Beat and Inc. Magazine. Additional clientele are North Star Fund, Syracuse University and Colgate University. Gaskin’s photographs have also been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the country and abroad including at the Duke University Gallery, the African-American Museum in Philadelphia, the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Arts, CM2A in Madrid, Spain, Galvanize in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Goethe-Institute Accra, Ghana and Fototeca de Cuba Habana Vieja, Cuba. His work is represented in the permanent collections at Duke University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, the Museum of the City of New York and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Gaskin has won many important awards, grants and residences such as the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize (2012), the Woodstock Center of Photography Arts-In-Residence (2011), Light Work’s Arts-in-Residence (2010). In 2005 he also won the Queen’s Council on the Arts Individual Artists Initiative Award, and in 2002 he was awarded The New York Foundation for the Arts Artist fellowship for Photography.  He was also included in the “Gordon Parks’ 90” that brought together 90 of the top black photographers in the United States to celebrate Gordon Parks’ 90th Birthday.


Anne Vetter lives and works in California and Massachusetts. They are a queer non-binary Jew. Their work is focused on play, family systems, performance, and the fluidity of identity. Their current project Love is not the Last Room is made in collaboration with their family- parents, brothers, cousins, and partner- and explores gender and attachment. You can read more about the project in this interview. Vetter also photographs and writes for magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and the Washington Post Magazine.