Self evident truths

One of the core ideas behind Self Evident Truths, is that people don’t fit into over-simplified boxes: It’s impossible to deny the humanity in a face. We are all human, we all have hearts and emotions and eyes that speak to them, whether we’re gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, black, white, Latino or Asian. In 2010 iO Tillet Wright began this project, photographing anyone that felt like they qualified to fall on some part of the LGBTQ spectrum, from bisexual, to transgender. Shot in simple black and white, in natural light, with no makeup or styling, the photos emulate Avedon’s In The American West and August Sander’s People of the 20th Century, and are intended to humanize the very varied face of gays in America today.  “Guess what, we look just like you, your mother, your brother, or the coworker sitting right next to you.”- says Tillett Wright about the project.  What started as 50 portraits shot in New York City quickly turned into 1675 portraits. She continues to photograph anyone in the United States that is, or EVER has been, anything other than 100% straight.

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