Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker are a couple. And from 2008 to 2014, they were both transitioning genders — Ernst from female to male, and Drucker from male to female. The two both documented the course of their relationship and the transitioning process by shooting each other in various stages of their relationship. The Whitney Museum‘s Biennial in 2014 featured 46 of their photographs, in addition to a collaborative film called She Gone Rogue and a performance piece by drag performer Flawless Sabrina.
The new book Relationship is out this week with a larger selection of the hundreds of photos from the everyday to the cinematic.
In the foreword to the book, Stuart Comer wrote,
“The photographs are exquisite, surprising, and efficient in dissolving so many of the structures of fear that still allow gender to be policed so stringently. The images are printed alongside the ephemera of their relationship: ticket stubs to a Le Tigre concert they both attended before they met, notes that read, ‘Welcome home’ and, ‘I love you soooo much.’ In this context, the pictures break down those barriers, but they also insert an uncommon gender experience into the most personal of human interactions ―making Relationship a startlingly intimate and important document.”
Just this glimpse, makes you want to see more, doesn’t it? You can get Relationship here.
(Photos, Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker; via New York magazine)