Butch Lives: Alum Meg Allen's Photography

Thursday, May 12, 2016
BAY AREA REPORTER -- “What do butches look like today?” That was the question photographer Meg Allen says she set out to answer when she first began photographing Bay Area butches five years ago. “I came of age in the 1990s,” said Allen, an Oakland freelance photographer, in a recent interview, “when it was not cool to be a dyke, even less cool to be a butch. I wanted to show the world what butches look like, how beautiful they are. I wanted to show what they were wearing and how they were living, and put them in the limelight.” Allen, 37 and “definitely a butch” herself, shot hundreds of portraits of butches since then, many posted on her website, megallenstudio.com. A selection of them will be featured in her upcoming solo show at the Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery. Allen studied Creative Writing at San Francisco State, and after graduating, worked in construction.