The Man In The Mirror

Thirty-something New York musician Chicago has been transitioning from female to male since 2009. In that time, photographer Raymond McCrea Jones has been documenting his journey in a series of arresting black and white photographs that document his life both on and off stage.

"Chicago, who took his name from the city he was raised in, moved to New York about 10 years ago to pursue music. He performs as a solo artist under the moniker Princess Tiny and the Meats.

While working at The New York Times, Jones used his free time to photograph Chicago’s life on and off stage. He followed him around the city to performances, the health clinic and his Brooklyn apartment. Jones says the project forced him to challenge his own views on gender.

“There’s not always a black and white,” he said. “There’s not always a male or female. There are a lot of people out there who don’t feel like they’re either, and that’s OK. That’s what I took out of it.”

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