Loren Rex Cameron (born August 28, 1959) is an American photographer, author and transgender activist. His work includes portraiture and self-portraiture which consist of transsexual bodies in both clothed and nude form.
Loren Rex Cameron was born in Pasadena, California on August 28, 1959. He moved to rural Arkansas in 1969 after his mother’s death, where he lived as a self-described tomboy on his father’s farm. By the age of 16, Cameron identified as a lesbian and encountered homophobic hostility in the small town where he lived. At this time, Cameron quit school and left his home to travel the country seeking work as a construction laborer and other blue collar employment. In 1979, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he identified socially with the lesbian community until the age of 26, when he confronted his dissatisfaction his body and was excluded from the lesbian community. Cameron’s interest in photography coincided with the beginning of his physical changes as he documented his own physiological transition from female to male at this time. Despite his lack of formal training, beginning in 1993 Cameron studied the rudiments of photography and began to photograph the transsexual community. Since 1994, he has given lectures on his work at universities, educational conferences and art institutes. By 1995, Cameron’s photographs had been shown in solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles.