Jess T. Dugan, Vanessa Fabbre, To Survive on This Shore, 2022

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Representations of older transgender people are nearly absent from our culture and those that do exist are often one-dimensional. For over five years, photographer Jess T.Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre traveled throughout the United States creating To Survive onThis Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Trans-gender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. Seeking subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location, they traveled from coast to coast, to big cities and small towns, documenting the life stories of this important but largely underrepresented group of older adults. The featured individuals have a wide variety of life narratives spanning the last ninety years, offering an important historical record of transgender experience and activism in the United States. 

The resulting monograph provides a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offers an intense reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

Jess T. Dugan, Vanessa Fabbre, To Survive on This Shore

Kehrer Verlag, 2022

Text Vanessa Fabbre

Design Kehrer Design (Anja Aronska)

24 x 30 cm

164 pages



ISBN 978-3-86828-854-4

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