Gallery Q Archives – 2017 May

TransAmericans: Photography by Errol Daniels

May 5 to 26, 2017

Opening Reception: May 5, 2017 (First Friday) from 6pm to 9pm

Gallery Q presents, TransAmericans, photographs by Errol Daniels.

As a social documentary photographer, Daniels focuses his camera on complex subjects, often covering individuals who are challenged by physical, social, mental, or political disadvantages. In his series, TransAmericans, he creates honest and intimate portraits of transgender individuals during various stages of transition, which are shown along with interviews with the sitters. His hope is to pull the audience into the lives of his sitters–not just to learn about their distinctive experiences, but to also see the human similarities that transcend boundaries.

Daniels states, “For transgender individuals, the time before, during and after physical transformation comes with many challenges. Even after they have made their transition and discovered more comfort in their self- expression and identity, transgender individuals still experience alarmingly high rates of violence, assault, abuse, and discrimination.” Citing the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime statistic that an estimated 50% of transgender individuals are sexually abused or assaulted at some point in their lives, Daniels says, “my goal is to chisel through these statistics and show the humanity behind them.”

Daniels is an accomplished photographer having studied with Amy Arbus and John Goodman. He has exhibited in Spartanburg SC, Colorado Springs CO, Washington DC, Havana Cuba, Buffalo NY, and Athens Greece. His photographs are in the collection of the George Eastman Museum, The Spartanburg County Museum of Art in South Carolina, The Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo NY, as well as in private collections.