MS NORBERT AND MR MANDY – PHOTOBOOK

When you’re born, it’s “Congratulations, it’s a girl!” or “Congratulations, it’s a boy!” For most people that fits, but for some it’s more complicated. In the course of their lives they notice that although others perceive them as either a woman or a man, they feel differently inside.

This gender incongruence between the socially ascribed gender and the inner self-image of gender identity as female, male, mixed, neutral or other, often leads to a permanent suffering, a so-called gender dysphoria, due to social exclusion, state discrimination and the frequent desire for physical assimilation.

In the photobook “Ms Norbert an Mr Mandy” by photographer Lennart Gruensell, twelve trans* people between 20 and 65 tell their life stories on 144 pages. In addition to documentary photographs and extensive texts, the project includes archive images, photo albums, documents, audio recordings and sketches.

Further information and pictures of the book:
MS NORBERT AND MR MANDY

Thanks to Kai Juenemann, Dirk Gebhardt, Liane Gruensel and all the people who supported me.

Thanks Leon*, Julian, Nina & family, Silas*, Mandy, Dennis & family, Jaron & girlfriend, Sandra-Asja & mother, Tobias*, Natascha, Lucas and Jako* for your trust and faith in this project.