Roberta Fay HendersonArtist(s)Danny LyonArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1967; printed 2010Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
14 in x 11 in (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)Credit LineGift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80Subject matter
After Knoxville, Tennessee,
Lyon traveled to Galveston, Texas. He had not found the material he had hoped to find in Knoxville. In Galveston, he photographed people and places that were outside of mainstream America. He met seventeen year old Roberta Fay Henderson, a transgender woman who Lyon recorded speaking. She said of herself: "this wonderful life all started for me when I was six years old … my destiny was to be a girl ... some day I am planning to have a sex-change operation.” In this image, Roberta stands in front of a storefront, her arms behind her back. She wears patterned, high-waisted pants and a sleeveless shirt, looking into the camera lens.Physical Description
Photograph of a woman leaning against a storefront. She wears patterned, high-waisted pants and a dark sleeveless shirt.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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women (female humans)