An afternoon with Carmen
Sad news today that Sydney (via New Zealand) transgender icon Carmen Rupe passed away aged 75.
I met her several times over the years while photographing for Time Out.
The most memorable was an afternoon i spent with her and writer Angus Fontaine in her small Surry Hills apartment. She spoke at length about her amazing life, born as Trevor in a sleepy New Zealand town, a stint in the army, a move to Sydney, prostitution, time in jail, a career as a drag performer in Kings Cross's 60's heyday and a fulltime switch to life as a woman.
Her home was a shrine to her fabulous life. Every inch of the place decked with mementos. I feel awfully sad for the poor soul faced with the grim task of pulling it all down.