Laurence Philomene is a photographer based in Montreal, Canada. They use a blend of documentary, fine art and self portraiture to explore queer and trans experiences through high-saturated, caring and intimate images. They are a recipient of the 2019 Lucie Foundation emerging artist scholarship, and the 2020 Women Photograph mentorship program.

Laurence's work is informed by their lived experiences as a chronically ill, non-binary transgender artist coming of age amid the rise of social media. Through long-form collaborative and autobiographical projects, they aim to celebrate trans existence, and to study identity as a space in constant flux. Their work humanizes an identity that has been historically marginalized, and acts as a love letter to their community. It also investigates ideas of masculinity and femininity, and how the two can co-exist outside of the binary.

Laurence's work has been published internationally in the likes of Vice, Courrier International, Dazed, I-D, Broadly, Teen Vogue, CBC arts, Wonderland, Bomb Magazine, Refinery29, and more. Their work has been presented in over 40 exhibitions worldwide, including solo exhibits in Toronto, Montreal, Berlin and Kracow.

Laurence was named as part of Adweek’s creative 100 list in 2018, presented their work at the 2019 Cannes Lyons festival, and served as a judge for the 2019 Getty Images Creative Bursary.

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Prints : official print store - more archival/editioned prints available via email

Clients include Netflix, Beats by Dre, CBC, Vice, Broadly, Washington Post, Refinery29, VSCO, Converse, Teen Vogue, Away, Airbnb Experiences, Showtime, Courrier International, Yahoo Style, Medium, Fluide Beauty, Jump from Paper, Momotaro Apotheca 

Awards & Distinctions

2019  Women Photograph 2020 mentorship class - Recipient (mentee) - USA

2019  Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship - Recipient - USA

2019  Artsida 9 - Emerging artist award - Canada 

2018  Adweek - Creative 100 list - USA

2017  Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship - Shortlist - USA

2014  Flickr 20 under 20 - Curator’s choice award - USA

Recent Press

"Women Photograph : Photographers create a visual journal of their lives during the coronavirus pandemic" on Washington Post

"Laurence Philomene : Puberty" on Lucie Foundation

"Fotographers in Focus : Laurence Philomene" on Fotografiska NY

"Laurence Philomene's daily photos on life as a transgender artist take on new resonance in quarantine" on CBC Arts

"These 14 Photographers Are Changing the Way We See the World" on Vice

"3 Artists On How Creativity Defines Them" on Refinery29

"Q&A: Laurence Philomène" Conversation with Jess T. Dugan on Strange Fire

"Laurence Philomene on the beauty of everyday trans existence" on Yiara Magazine

"Women Talk : Laurence Philomene" on Women Photograph

"Laurence Philomene and the trans gaze" on Humble Arts Foundation

"Testosterone and the trans gaze" on It's Nice That

"Gender Dysphoria : Laurence Philomene interviewed" on Bomb Magazine

"This photographer spent 7 years photographing their trans bestie" on Broadly

"These Photos Explore the Multiple Identities We Have Online and Off" - On Broadly, Vice Photo issue 2018

"It is what it is, Laurence Philomene & Starchild Stela" essay by Maddie Alper for Xpace

"Representing non-binary bodies with Laurence Philomene" on I-D

Available / Upcoming books

2021 Laurence Philomene : Puberty - Yoffy Press - USA - first edition of 500 - Monograph - pre-order coming soon

2020 New Queer Photography: Focus on the margins - Verlag Kettler - Germany - first edition of 1,000 - Anthology -  Pre-order here

2020 "Boys Boys Boys" - Curated by Ghislain Pascal, teNeues/Mendo - first edition of 5,000 - Anthology - Purchase here

2015 - Unlocked - ATOPOS - Greece - first edition of 4,000 - Anthology - Purchase here

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019  Huldufólk & Puberty - La Cenne - Montreal, Canada

2018  Me vs others - The Letter Bet - Montreal, Canada

2018  No girls / no boys / no nothin - Nosna Gallery - Kracow, Poland

2018  It is what it is (with Starchild Stela) - Xpace Cultural Centre - Toronto, Canada

2017  Non-binary portraits - Cogalleries, presented by Curated by Girls - Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Portrayals of queer love - Artsy (online) - USA

2020 New Visions (Fotografiska NY x VICE) - Fotografiska Museum NY - NYC, USA

2020  Yearning for Comfort, Not Cure - Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg - Winnipeg, Canada

2019  Under the anti lies the body - Slowroom Contemporary - Copenhagen, Denmark

2019  Currents (curated by Forge Art Mag) - Mount Analogue - Seattle, USA

2019  Chromatic festival (10th edition) - Usine C - Montreal, Canada

2019  Boys! Boys! Boys! - The Ravestijn Gallery - Amsterdam, Netherlands

2019  Artsida 9 - Musée d’art contemporain - Montreal, Canada

2018 Possible Selves: queer foto vernaculars - The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) - Williamstown, USA

2018  The Vice Magazine 2018 Photo Show - Parasol Projects - New York, USA

2018  Phi Fest -  Fabrica Del Vapore - Milan, Italy

2017  Instagram Jam / Month of Photography Los Angeles - Lucie Foundation - Los Angeles, USA

2016  We, Other - Pop Montreal - Montreal, Canada

2016  Diaphanous - Index Art Center - Newark, USA

2016  What A Time To Be Alive - Sunday x Slow Culture - Los Angeles, USA

2015  Same - Stream Gallery - New York, USA

2014  Flickr 20under20 - Milk Studios - New York, USA

2014  The Coven presents : Girlhood - La Centrale Gallerie Powerhouse -  Montreal, Canada

Artist talks & residencies

2019 Photo Ed Magazine : LGBT Pecha Kucha - Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Canada

2019 “Laurence Philomene: Rétrospective du genre” - Collège du Vieux-Montréal, Montreal, Canada

2019 “How Gen Z is reinventing masculinity in media” - Cannes Lyons Festival, Cannes, France

2019  In House Outer Space - Artist residency - Reykjavik, Iceland

2019 “Le Corps pour objectif : Laurence Philomene” - Université Sciences Po, Paris, France

Selected Curatorial experience

2019 Writer + curator, Vice Photo :  “9 photographers flipping the script on trans and non-binary representation” - online

2019  Judge - Getty Images Creative Bursary - USA

2017 Curator - The coven x Polyester tarot deck : “What does our future holds”  - London, UK

2016 Co-founder + curator - Camp Gallery - Montreal, Canada

2012-2017 Co-founder + curator - The Coven collective - online / Exhibitions in NYC, San Fransisco & Montreal

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