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Girlfriend, Portfolio of 9 photographsBy Michael James O'Brien

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Giclée Print, Printed on hahnemuhle fine art photo rag paper

Edition of 10

Dimensions: 167.6cm (H) x 129.5cm (W) x 0.3cm (D) / 66" (H) x 51" (W) x 0.12" (D)

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Girlfriend, 1990-1992 by Michael James O’Brien
Portfolio of 9 photographs
Printed on Hahnemuhle fine art photo rag paper

Dimension for each print is 22 in. H x 17 in. W
(The overall size composition of the entire portfolio is: 66 in. H x 51 in. W)
Limited Edition of 10 + 2AP

All these portraits were made on tri-x BW film with a Pentax 6 x 7 photographed in Natural Light.

Girlfriend; Men Women and Drag by Michael James O’Brien with text by Holly Brubach was published by Random House in 1999

1. Lavinia (Girlfriend), NYC, 1992
“I came to Manhattan with just a handbag” - Lavinia Co-op
2. Ebony Jet (Girlfriend), NYC, 1992
“We’re all born naked, everything else is drag” - RuPaul Charles
3. Miss Guy (Girlfriend), NYC, 1992
“You’ve got your mother in a whirl; she’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl.”
- David Bowie, Rebel, Rebel
4. Ming Vauze (Benjamin Liu) NYC, 1992
“Impersonation is the supreme act of creation.”
- Yukio Mishima, Forbidden Colors
5. Mona Foote, Wigstock, NYC, 1992
“The living language of dreams. The dead language of waking…We must interpret and translate.”
- Jean Cocteau, The Diary of a Cure (Grove Press, 1955) Mona Foote is the performance persona of Nashom Wooden.
6. Tabboo!, NYC, 1992
“They will roll down the rugs or sprawl carefully on coaches. Their make-up will be perfect. They will take back the night.”
- Chi Chi Valenti, Take Back the Night
7. Billy Beyond and Sister Dimension, NYC, 1992
“Clothes are but the symbol of something hid deep beneath”
-Virginia Woolf, Orlando
8. Lady Bunny, Wigstock, NYC, 1992
“The woman who comes by her beauty naturally is not necessarily intelligent or clever or even congenial-just lucky.”
- Holly Brubach, Girlfriend; Men, Women, and Drag (Random House, 1999)
9. Ulrich Suss, NYC, 1992
“He rose. He stood upright in complete nakedness before us, and while the trumpets pealed Truth! Truth! Truth! we have no choice left but to confess - he was a woman.”
- Virginia Woolf, Orlando


Artist Profile

Born: 1960
Hometown: Brooklyn
Based in: Atlanta

Michael James O’Brien is a photographer, teacher, curator, poet, and activist
currently based in Atlanta, GA. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong, Antwerp, Istanbul, Liverpool and Savannah GA. in addition to having work in London’s National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. His work has been …


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