Laurence Philomene is a photographer based in Montreal, Canada. Laurence makes colourful work that centres queer and trans experiences, often through long-form and autobiographical projects.

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. Gaining an interest in image-making in their teenage years, they have used photography as a space to investigate masculinity and femininity, exploring how the two can co-exist outside of  gendered norms. Their work celebrates trans existence and studies identity as a space in constant flux via high-saturated, cinematic and caring images.

Trough a process of mutual [and self] care, Laurence creates striking, intimate images that celebrate the beauty in everything as seen through a non-binary gaze. Instantly recognizable by their signature use of colour and ambient light, their photographs humanize identities that have been historically marginalized, and act as a love letter to their community.


Laurence is a PDN 30 honoree, recipient of the Getty Images Creatives In Quarantine Bursary (2020),  the Lucie Foundation emerging artist scholarship (2019), and the 2020 Women Photograph mentorship program. They were 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.

Laurence's work is published internationally in the likes of  Vice,  Washington Post, 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.


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Clients include Netflix, Beats by Dre, CBC, Vice, Broadly, Washington Post, Refinery29, VSCO, Converse, Teen Vogue, Away, Airbnb, Showtime, Courrier International, City of Montreal, Massivart, Yahoo Style, Medium, Fluide Beauty, WLDKAT, Momotaro Apotheca.

Education & Training

2020 Women Photograph 2020 workshop - online

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

2019  In House Outer Space - 10-day artist residency - Reykjavik, Iceland

2014 - Dawson college - Professional Photography degree - Montreal, Canada

Awards & Distinctions

2020 The Burtinsky Grant - Honourable  mention - Canada

2020 The 30 (formerly PDN 30) 2020 Honoree - USA

2020 Getty Images : Creatives in Quarantine bursary - USA

2019  Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship - 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

Selected Press & Interviews

Washington Post

Lucie Foundation

Fotografiska NY

CBC Arts


Refinery29 x VSCO

Strange Fire


Yiara Magazine

Women Photograph

Humble Arts Foundation

 It's Nice That

Bomb Magazine


Vice Photo issue 2018



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

2020 Les Essentiels - Massivart (public art installation) Jarry Park - Montreal, Canada

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 & Collections

2020 Two Way Lens: Portraits as Empathy - Humble Arts Foundation (online) - USA

2020 The Journal: Women Photographers Respond to COVID-19 - Photoville  / Brooklyn Bridge  Park - NYC, USA

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  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  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

Selected Artist talks

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 “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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