Sleeping Hermaphroditus. Greek marble, Roman copy of the 2nd century CE after a Hellenistic original of the 2nd century BC, restored in 1619 by David Larique; mattress: Carrara marble, made by Gianlorenzo Bernini in 1619 on Cardinal Borghese’s request.


The History of Queer Photography website explores the relationship between photography and LGBTQI representations. The website proposes a history of such representations: from their inception to today, from discrimination to visibility. It is designed for students, scholars, and anyone interested in LGBTQI issues and photography. It offers resources such as LGBTQI archival materials, historical insights, and student projects. The website features photo-texts of LGBTQI figures, diverse galleries, photomontages challenging gender stereotypes, podcasts, and works by LGBTQI artists.

The goal of the website is to provide resources for critical thinking about gender and photography, enhance critical and visual thinking, and preserve and present a wide range of LGBTQI experiences. Theoretical thinking involves learning about the history of ideas, photography, and gender representation, and using methods for critically analyzing photographs. Visual thinking involves experiencing or creating different portraits of gender identity to understand and visualize the plurality of gender identities.

The main sections include Theoretical and Critical Tools, which provide essays, guides, and frameworks to critically analyze photographs; Collections, which showcase historical archives and contemporary queer photography; and Workshops, which highlight student projects that reinterpret images to challenge stereotypes and promote inclusive gender representations. These sections are conceived to work together, enabling users to experience or create new representations or narratives of gender. By utilizing the Theoretical and Critical Tools, along with the Collections, users can develop informed, critical perspectives that lead to innovative visual interpretations of gender.

The timeline accessible below offers a chronological exploration of significant moments in the intersection of photography and LGBTQI representations.