Maggie West’s Technicolor Photo Series in Honor of Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit that’s undoubtedly saved at least one of your besties, just celebrated its 100th birthday and in its honor, Maggie West hosted her first solo exhibition, STAND.
The L.A. based photographer, known for her vibrant work and use of technicolor lighting, has been gaining a following since she released her first photo series, KISS, and her second, Fluid, soon after that. STAND was a show she created specifically to raise money for Planned Parenthood and showcased a variety of models who all support it — Niki Takesh, Peggy Noland, Clem Creevy, and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Alaska Thunderfuck are only a fraction of who were included. 100% of profits from all print and merch sales went directly to the organization: how cool is that?
Here’s what Maggie had to say:
“One of the best parts of photographing this series was hearing about the many ways that Planned Parenthood has provided help for people during their time of need. Almost everyone I photographed for STAND has visited Planned Parenthood at some point in their life and was happy to show their support for the organization. I am thrilled have the opportunity to give something back to them.The series includes a diverse mix of actors, writers, musicians,artists and porn stars- I’m so happy that such an awesome group of people were able to come together to support such a great organization.”
So are we, Maggie, so are we.
“I believe in the power of feminine energy and the divinity of womanhood. Therefore I believe in a woman’s right to choose what is best for her and her body. I may be a pretend woman, but I am honored to be a part of this timely and important project” – Alaska Thunderfuck
“Growing up, birth control and feminine care were not conversations I could comfortably have with my parents. I’m so grateful for planned parenthood and all their services” – Niki Takesh
“I feel like Planned Parenthood has taught me how to grow up and be responsible. They have taken really good care of me for years!” – Brittney Scott, Artist
The exhibition also featured works from Maggie’s series, KISS, which depicts 25 couples (both gay AND straight) kissing under multicolored lighting schemes as well as Fluid, which portrays the beauty of bodily fluids. She’ll also be releasing a book of nude portraits of cisgender and transgender youth this spring.
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