New York City gave Charzette Torrence a new name, but CCS gave the once struggling young photographer her start.
Torrence, whose goal is to one day become the most celebrated female photographer in the world, now freelances in New York City under the name Charlie T, where she pursues projects related to the people and places she feels connected to.
Torrence's latest project, a series of 25 black and white photographs titled "Just as We Are," will be displayed at the 96th Street branch of the New York Public Library. The exhibit, represented by Tod Roulette Fine Art, portrays people of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community in proud, uplifting poses and environments. Her images focus on the accomplishments and contributions of the subjects and less on their sexuality.
"Each of my photographs tells a story. People look at them and feel inspired, empowered, moved. If someone can learn from my work, that's the greatest accomplishment," she said. "Almost every image shown in the media of gay and lesbian people is of a sexual nature. It's time to focus on a different image - one that's positive and inspirational."
She attributes CCS with pushing her and giving her the tools to take on the Big Apple.
"CCS is an excellent school - it was a great part of my life," said Torrence. "Without the CCS experience, I would not have been as prepared for my career. As a student, I could hold my own at workshops and knew about the history and basic techniques of photography as well as any other professional.
- Graduation Year: 1993
- Major: Photography
- Employer: Charlie T. Photography
- Title: Pres.
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