“THEORETICALLY, EVERY PERSON COULD HAVE THEIR OWN GENDER” Kay Garnellen, pg. 24
What makes a man a man, and a woman a woman? Are there people who are neither male nor female – or even both? Nothing about gender identity is fixed. Its development is often a fluid process, changing throughout a lifetime. As a result, it is always highly subjective, each person perceiving and presenting their identity in their own individual way. Gender as a Spectrum is a series of portraits of people who have resisted typical gender norms – by questioning them, breaking through them, or turning them inside-out. Photographer Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert captures the protagonists in intimate portraits while author Kaey, herself trans*, poses a set of interview questions to create written text. The collaboration began with people from the pair’s private circles, predominantly in Berlin, before the project expanded to include cities such as Paris and New York. This book, the result, is a series of portraits depicting the most diverse people to ever explore outside the heteronormative restraints of gender.
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, born in 1991, is a German portrait and fashion photographer. After his school graduation he worked in Munich as a directing and stage design assistant for various film and theatre productions. In 2012 he began his studies at the renowned Ostkreuz School of Photography, from which he graduated in 2015. During his studies his work was published in various European and American magazines. His images are regularly exhibited in group and solo shows. Working exclusively with analogue photography, his key priority is always to present the people who sit for him as themselves. Parallel to his work in the photographic field he has most recently dedicated himself more strongly to artistic projects – Ohlert hopes to offer a platform to young creatives with a series of self-published art books and magazines. In 2017 he opened his own gallery/studiospace „P7 GALLERY“ in Berlin where different Events from Art & Photography take place.