PFLAG Santa Cruz County is proud to announce the Tuesday, September 11th meeting will feature documentary photographer Jana Marcus!
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
7:00 – 9:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz
900 High Street, Santa Cruz, 95060
Please join families from around Santa Cruz County as they come together to hear from documentary photographer Jana Marcus as she discusses her award-winning book Transfigurations and understanding the transgender community.
The first hour of the PFLAG Santa Cruz County (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays) meeting is dedicated to discussion groups followed by a brief break. The second hour will be dedicated to our September keynote speaker, documentary photographer Jana Marcus, who will talk about the making of Transfigurations and be joined by several of the people featured in her book.
Marcus’ book recently won the National Independent Publisher’s Gold Award for Best GLBT Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and BAYMEC named her the 2011 Community Activist of the Year.
Jana Marcus has been creating award-winning documentary photography for over 20 years. She is a professional photographer in the California Bay Area focusing on the documentary, editorial and performing arts genres. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and extensively published in newspapers and magazines. Jana received the UC Berkeley Center for Photography’s International Photojournalism Award for her series After Midnight: Youth Subcultures of New York City and she was recently named one of 50 Exceptional International Photographers by Exposure of New York.
Transfigurations, originally a 58-piece exhibit which toured galleries and universities across the U.S. from 2004 to 2010, was included in the prestigious Best Photos of The Year in both 2004 and 2005 by Photo District News of New York, as well as The International Photography Awards, The Phelan Art Awards, The Excellence in Photography Award from San Jose State University’s School of Art & Design, and The Center for Photographic Arts Awards.
Jana received her MFA from San Jose State University, a BA in Community Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and studied photography at The School Of Visual Arts in New York City. Jana’s first book, In The Shadow of the Vampire: Reflections From The World Of Anne Rice, was published by Thunder’s Mouth Press of New York. She frequently lectures on the subject of documentary photography.
Known for her compassionate and revealing photographic images of underground subcultures, documentary photographer Jana Marcus brings to book format her award-winning work, Transfigurations, a startling and ground-breaking photographic series on the transgender community.
Transfigurations explores transsexuals and their notions of masculinity and femininity as they change gender identities. Discovering that gender is both real and illusory, natural and constructed, Marcus’s photographs shed light on the transformation from one sex/gender to another. The series also explores the importance of the body to gender identity as well as the effects of transformative practices on the body, creating a reality beyond ordinary experience.
Get your autographed copy of Transfigurations during the September 11th PFLAG meeting at the special price of $20 per copy.
A special evening with Jana Marcus and her guests is not to be missed!
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Santa Cruz County meets the second Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm at First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz at 900 High Street in Santa Cruz.