Photographer Interviews


Working as an Outsider: Danielle Villasana on Capturing Portraits of Transgender Women

July 7, 2017

By David Walker

© Danielle Villasana

Danielle Villasana depicts the everyday lives of transgender women in Peru, telling complex stories about gender identity in a country where trans women are often shown as hypersexualized in the media.

As a photojournalist from Texas who is telling stories about women’s rights in Peru, Nigeria and elsewhere, Danielle Villasana is sensitive to her status as an “outsider” and the questions it raises about her work. “It’s a positive development in the photo community that we’re asking this question about insiders versus outsiders,” she says. “It comes from a lack of...

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