Writer Emily Besa and photographer Bernd Ott have spent the better part of the last year and a half traveling around the world (5 major cities in 4 different countries so far) speaking with individuals about how they personally define and express their own gender identity. “A lot of projects we found tend to focus on one aspect of being non-binary or non-conforming and we were particularly interested in relating the infinite possibilities of gender expression and identity,” Besa, one half of the team behind the All The People project, told BuzzFeed. “From the beginning we wanted to avoid any kind of labeling or categorization.”
The assortment of portraits and interviews debuted as a “work in progress” when presented at Amsterdam’s TransPride this past weekend. Besa spoke with BuzzFeed about her work on the project, as well as her hopes for the upcoming finished book.