Mariette Pathy Allen is a photographer based in New York, NY; she has been depicting transgender people and their communities since the late 1970s. Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, in painting. Pathy Allen was awarded the Thornton-Oakley Prize from the University of Pennsylvania. Other awards include: New York State Council on the Arts grant, 1988, Lambda Literary Award for “The Gender Frontier”, 2004, “Top Fifty”, Critical Mass, Photolucida, 2013, "Discoveries of the Meeting Place”, Fotofest, 2000 and 2014, and the Pioneer Award, Fantasia Fair, 2014.
Her published works include: Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them, E. P. Dutton Inc.,1989; Masked Culture: The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, Columbia U. Press, 1994; The Gender Frontier, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2004; TransCuba, Daylight Books, 2014; and Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma and Thailand, Daylight Books, 2017