T. CHICK MCCLURE was born female-bodied to a conservative, military-household in the 1970s, and spent his early life feeling “wrong.” When he couldn’t risk expressing himself as the boy he was, he escaped into his art, depicting himself as male in his drawings as early as three years old.

 

While his medium has evolved from painting to photography, his art has always been story and character driven. A place where he could explore themes of gender, masculinity, vulnerability and authenticity without scrutiny.

 

Always seeking through the narrative of an external subject to capture some facet of himself, Chick was able to keep certain truths about himself hidden. After publicly coming out as transgender however, his axis shifted and the desire to live as his authentic-self drove him to start the physical process of transition and, finally, to turn the camera on himself. At last, eliminating the buffer he’s maintained by shooting others and to reveal his true self to the world: Bare. Exposed. Raw.

 

T. Chick McClure is an openly transgender, fine arts photographer, Grammy award-winning director and graduate of the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives in The City of Angels with his fiancé, Mary Jo and their two very cute, and rather insane rescue dogs.

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T. CHICK MCCLURE was born female-bodied to a conservative, military-household in the 1970s, and spent his early life feeling “wrong.” When he couldn’t risk expressing himself as the boy he was, he escaped into his art, depicting himself as male in his drawings as early as three years old.

 

While his medium has evolved from painting to photography, his art has always been story and character driven. A place where he could explore themes of gender, masculinity, vulnerability and authenticity without scrutiny.

 

Always seeking through the narrative of an external subject to capture some facet of himself, Chick was able to keep certain truths about himself hidden. After publicly coming out as transgender however, his axis shifted and the desire to live as his authentic-self drove him to start the physical process of transition and, finally, to turn the camera on himself. At last, eliminating the buffer he’s maintained by shooting others and to reveal his true self to the world: Bare. Exposed. Raw.

 

T. Chick McClure is an openly transgender, fine arts photographer, Grammy award-winning director and graduate of the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives in The City of Angels with his fiancé, Mary Jo and their two very cute, and rather insane rescue dogs.