About the Book
On the week of the US presidency elections in November 2008 I decided to take a photo trip throughout the Mid-West in order to explore "The Heart-Land".
I didn't know what to expect.
Upon arrival to the Holiday Inn hotel in Kansas City , MO I saw an elaborate blond hair-do in the other end of the lobby, and I was assuming that a cheer-leaders group was staying at the hotel.
As I approached the subject, I realized that she was a transgender (male to female).
A few minutes later, another transgender entered the hotel lobby, and as it turned out, I stumbled upon a transgender conference.
I realized that this was an amazing and rare opportunity to explore that spectrum of the society, especially in a region that is not so tolerant . The conference participants were very open to me accompanying them in their different affairs, and I am very thankful to them, especially since they allowed me to portray them as they are, without any photo retouching.
This book is a compilation of images I took that weekend, and is a celebration for the human spirit.
It comes as an edition of just 150 copies.
Please, watch the preview that show a portion of the images.
Rafael Fuchs was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, and moved to NYC in the mid 80's. He has been contributing to numerous major American and International magazines (as: Time,Newsweek, Life, W, The Source, Out, Entertainment Weekly) as well as shooting catalogs and ads(Coke,Pepsi,Kool) and images for record labels (Sony,Atlantic,Matador,Universal) Some of his popular portrait subjects are: : Colin Powell, JK Rowling, Emily Watson, Burt Reynolds, Derek Jeter, Nathan Lane, John McCain, Beyonce, Geoffrey Rush, Chemical Brothers, Michael Stipe, Pink and Julia Stiles. Rafael gained numerous awards from organizations as: APA, PDN, Creativity, CA, and gained grants from The Marie Walsh Sharpe foundation. In 2005 Rafael collaborated with Shirin Neshat and Izhar Patkin on an art piece that was created for witness.org , the organization that protects human rights. His work has been shown and collected globally. In 2012 Rafael founded the gallery Fuchs Projects in Bushwick, Bklyn, NY.