A Light Inside by Danielle Villasana was selected as a finalist for the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo
Photographs and Essays: Copyright © 2018 Danielle Villasana
Introduction: Copyright © 2018 Leyla Ariana Huerta
Afterword: Copyright © 2018 Ximena Salazar Spanish
Translation: Andrea Rodriguez, Cristina Baussan
Photo Editor: Régina Monfort
Text Editor: David Stuart
Design: Melike Taşcıoğlu
A Light Inside is 116 pages, 8"x12" and includes 70 color photographs and a text by Leyla Ariana Huerta Castillo, a prominent trans activist in Peru.
A Light Inside
by photojournalist Danielle Villasana documents the lives of trans women in Peru. Villasana spent three years in a close knit community of trans women in Lima, following them through their daily lives and the discrimination and harassment they face when looking for housing, employment and health care. Her work counters the sensationalized and stereotypical depictions of trans women rampant in popular media.
A personal introduction by trans activist Leyla Ariana Huerta evokes the conflict that trans women face with their families and overall in a patriarchal society where ‘machismo’ plays a critical role in gender identity.
An afterword by anthropologist Xemena Salazar provides a clear an insightful analysis of the social conditions that confront trans women in Peru and the way in which trans women construct their identity facing these constraints.
The text in the book is in Spanish and English.
Read an interview with Danielle Villasana here