Paris Visone is a documentary photographer based out of Boston. Paris was chosen as a 2010 Getty Images Editorial Photography Grant recipient for her series "Gender Roles and Appearance". She has toured worldwide and photographed such bands as Blondie and Toto. Earlier this year she had a solo exhibition titles "Culture of Looking" at Suffolk Gallery in Boston, MA. She is currently working on a life long series that follows a group of people through their life.
Written by // Paris Visone
My intention in this series of photographs is to explore the gender dynamics and sexuality of my subjects. I am also trying to capture how these dynamics are transformed into “appearances” which my subjects feel they must uphold. They are preserved as they are passed down from one generation to the next. "You have to look good.” “You have to be a man.” “You have to look young if you are old, and old if you are young.” These social pressures are a focus in many people's daily lives. For most people maintaining and upholding an “image” has become an obsession. This obsession extends not only to appearance, but also to the gender roles one is imprinted with at a very young age. Throughout their life, the majority of people are trapped in the confines of these roles. It confines us all.