2017 — Marseille, France
About this series
Princesses of Sheeba, at night, is the first chapter from the photographic project Lotheidoscope, a photographic journey throughout Europe about the Muslim LGBTQ+-community.
This is the story of seven young gays and transgenders (men to women) from the Muslim community in Marseille. Although each story is singular, they share the desire to embrace a crucial experience: together, at night, they reveal their true self to the world, without suffering the verbal and physical abuse they usually face alone.
Some of them wear gender non-conforming looks throughout the day. Others only wear women’s dresses when they are together. They meet in the evening and get ready to go out, defying their fellow Marseille’s inhabitants. Wearing high heels and beautiful dresses, they walk down the street like oriental princesses. Together, they feel stronger and fearless, finally able to live their dream.
While most of them are from Maghreb countries, some grew up in France. These intimate portraits and testimonies aim to break stereotypes often associated with both identities, they open up conversations.
His work lies somewhere in between reality and fiction. « Mostly, I use the photographic medium to confront the real world and screenwriting for fiction. Both of these disciplines feed each other constantly. » After graduating from Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, he started his career as graphic designer than art director for well-known women’s and fashion magazines such as Elle, Numero, Numero Homme.
« A few years later, I was drawn to the publishing world, and designed books for publishers such as Hazan and Calmann Levy. I collaborated with Raymond Depardon on the production of his Paris-Journal photography book. That marked a turning point in my career, It was quite an experience! Afterward, you have only one desire: to pick up a camera. » Husson then became the personal assistant to world-renowned acting coach Suzanne Batson and to Juliette Binoche. « It was the best acting and script analysis training ever! A memorable experience! »
Today Jean-Christophe Husson focus on portrait and documentary photography, along with screenwriting, in the pursuit of constant back and forth movement between the two.