CANDY Magazine

C★NDY is the first fashion magazine completely dedicated to celebrating transvestism, transexuality, crossdressing and androgyny in all their glory. A style magazine about fashion, art, culture, make-up, glamour, icons, amazing transformations and fun. Luis Venegas is the Creative Director, Editor and Publisher of Fanzine137, EY! Magateen, C?ndy, The Printed Dog and EY! Boy Collection. He is based in Spain and splits his time between Madrid and Barcelona. Since 2004, he has channeled his energies into publishing his three personal editorial projects. An independent self-published editor, Venegas' magazines -released as limited editions- are available only in selected shops, boutiques and bookstores around the world.

 

Mariette Pathy Allen - The Gender Frontier

Mariette Pathy Allen has been shooting the transgender community for over 35 years. Starting in the early '90s, my work focused on female-to-male as well as male-to-female people who live full time in the gender in which they identify. I photographed the evolution of political activism, young gender variant people, and made portraits of individuals as their life circumstances changed. "The Gender Frontier", published in 2003, represents an amazing decade in the struggle against discrimination.

As I lifted the camera to my eyes, I found myself looking into the eyes of the person standing in the middle of the group. Suddenly, I no longer saw a man or a woman, but the essence of a human being, a soul. Through meeting this person, I had the privilege of entering a hidden world that offered me a passport to travel beyond boundaries.

 

assume vivid astro focus

assume vivid astro focus (all lowercase) is comprised of Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson, Eli Sudbrack was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and, lives and works between São Paulo and New York. Christophe Hamaide-Pierson was born in Paris and lives and works in Paris. Work shown from their show at Suzanne Geiss Company in May 2014; The dichotomy is furthered by the exuberant features applied to the figures. avaf’s imagined trannies have kaleidoscopic skin, titanic breasts, and penises with minds of their own. They become extraordinary, mighty foils to the hyper-sexualized female figures advertised in porn magazines and Marvel comics.

"The images we use signify a fighting power. They’re characters of change, characters that remain powerful even though sometimes things have gone slightly wrong with them physically. Maybe they have too much silicone in their faces ... . Still, to us they are like contemporary goddesses fighting the status quo."

 

 

Alvaro Laiz - TRANSMONGOLIAN

In Mongolia, transgender people face extreme violence and discrimination, much of which goes unreported because the law does not protect them. Out of fear, many stay in the closet. Photographer Álvaro Laiz spent three and a half months in 2011 photographing male-to-female transgender people in Mongolia to explore notions of identity in a place where they are forced to hide who they are. “They cannot express themselves normally except in certain places. Your life becomes a scenario in which you are pretending to be someone else. Your job, your relatives become part of this performance, and little space is left to act as you would really want to be. It is insane.

 

Gustavo Minas

Gustavo was born in Cassia, Minas Gerais, in 1981. Today he is a journalist and dedicated amateur photographer based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Gustavo studied photography for one year with Carlos Moreira, probably the most influential classic street photographer in Brazil. After that, he decided to dedicate himself to two never-ending projects: photographing the streets of Sao Paulo and Cassia, his hometown, in sunny early mornings or late afternoons.

Leonard Greco

Leonard grew up in Sweden and Canada before attending highschool in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He studied photography in Boston then moved to New York City where he assisted and managed the studio of Todd Selby. He then spent a few years combing through the photography archives at Condé Nast and bartending at the notorious and now defunct, White Slab Palace. Leonard loves hiking, camping, food and is an avid motorcycle enthusiast.