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JANET MOCK | 2016
Janet Mock is a journalist, advocate, and New York Times best-selling author (Redefining Realness). A contributing editor for Marie Claire, Mock hosted MSNBC’s pop-culture series So POPular!, created the empowerment platform #girlslikeus and produced HBO’s The Trans List. She is writing a memoir about her twenties for Atria Books. | Image Courtesy of the Annenberg Space for Photography
JANET MOCK | 2016 Janet Mock is a journalist, advocate, and New York Times best-selling author (Redefining Realness). A contributing editor for Marie Claire, Mock hosted MSNBC’s pop-culture series So POPular!, created the empowerment platform #girlslikeus and produced HBO’s The Trans List. She is writing a memoir about her twenties for Atria Books. | Image Courtesy of the Annenberg Space for Photography
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The Trans List Debuts At LA's Annenberg Proving Visibility Is Power

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Updated: 23 September 2016
Tomorrow, the Annenberg Space for Photography will open an exhibit of all 151 photographs of IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits, including never-before-seen photographs from the artist’s latest installment, The Trans List. Simultaneously unflinching and intimate, the world-renowned photographer presents 40 stunning portraits of members of the transgender community. Alongside The Trans List will be a curation of photographs from Greenfield-Sanders’ prior series The Black List, The Latino List, The Women’s List and The Out List. This up-close examination of race, gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity in America is both timely and thought-provoking, but it’s also an assertion – visibility, though vulnerable, is ultimately power.
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ANGELICA ROSS | 2016 Angelica Ross is the founding CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises and president of Miss Ross, Inc. Ross is an entrepreneur, business leader and military veteran. | Image courtesy of the Annenberg Space for Photography

Greenfield-Sanders is well known for his candid portraits of larger-than-life personalities. From porn stars to presidents, Oscar-winning actors to accomplished authors, the photographer renders even the most calculated persona quite bare – he has a knack for making photographs that reframe people we think we know, capturing a facet of a subject that surprises or that deflates viewers’ prior assumptions. In front of his lens, comedians refrain from guffawing, actors stand still, disarmed.

Each portrait in the List series shares certain formal elements. Each subject is positioned in front of a gray background, with a single key light illuminating the right side of their faces, and for the most part, each person’s face is relaxed, allowing a certain honesty that our expressions sometimes obscure. Poses are unaffected – hands are in pockets, arms are crossed, hips are resting on one side. With each photograph treated largely the same, the differences then become quite apparent –the viewer’s focus becomes reading the unique person on display. Who are they, really?

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DR. RENÉE RICHARDS | 2016 Dr. Renée Richards is an ophthalmologist and former professional tennis player. In 1975 Richards underwent gender-confirmation surgery and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) denied her entry into the 1976 US Open. Richards disputed their new policy requiring genetic screening for female players and, in 1977, the New York Supreme Court ruled in her favor. | Image courtesy of the Annenberg Space for Photography

‘A great portrait does so much more than merely capture its subject,’ Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation, said of the exhibition. ‘It gives us a glimpse into the subject’s humanity, sometimes even a window into the soul.’

The List project began a decade ago when Greenfield-Sanders was photographing Nobel laureate Toni Morrison for Margaret Garner, an opera she had written. ‘During lunch, we discussed the extraordinary number of black divas who auditioned for the production,’ Greenfield-Sanders recalls. ‘‘Timothy,’ she said, ‘You should shoot portraits of black divas for a book. I’ll write the text.’’

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IAN HARVIE | 2016 Ian Harvie is a stand-up comedian who often references being transgender in his performances. In 2006, he began touring with Margaret Cho as her opening act and within three years he’d become a headliner in his own right. | Image courtesy of the Annenberg Space for Photography

What began as The Black List evolved to a more sprawling examination of identity that’s been featured in multiple HBO Documentary Films. It is now a collection that spans 151 interviews and photography portraits, eight documentaries, four books, 13 solo museum exhibitions, two museum catalogs, and an educational initiative at schools and universities.

The strength of The List exhibition is in getting to know each other – considering how we differ, and what, after all, unites us.

The Trans List will debut as an HBO Documentary Film on December 5, 2016.

IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits will be on view at The Annenberg through February 2017.

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MARGARET CHO | 2011 Margaret Cho is a Korean-American comedian, actress and author. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political issues, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality. | Image courtesy of the Annenberg Space for Photography

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