Self-Portrait, from Between The Lines,
1987, photograph, Roberta Almerez

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Artist Statement
Roberta Almerez

My images in photography are as much about me and the struggle to master my medium, as they are about beauty and the feminine form. Being a lesbian photographing women infuses my work with a distinctive eroticism. It's also like coming out over and over again.

Photographing lesbians has been an artistic and personal pleasure. The lesbian women I have known and photographed all have a unique personal image. There is always a directness of gesture and gaze. They are self-aware and it shows. Both I and my subjects work together deeply knowing without saying, that what we do matters. As if to prove to ourselves and others that yes,we do exist, get used to it.

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