Angelo Victor Mercure was born on December 11, 1953 in Youngstown, Ohio.
He left high school at 16 and found himself an Army infantryman in South
Vietnam at age 17. He took up combat photography and became acquainted
with John Steinbeck IV (an ex-GI turned Paris Match war correspondent
who exposed much US government corruption in complicity with the former
Saigon regime). After his honorable discharge from military service,
Mercure returned to Saigon as a journalist under his mentor John Steinbeck
IV . Exposing prostitution and drug rackets were Mercures forte.
He was stabbed once and shot twice during the course of his journalistic
duties.At various times, Mercure was a stringer/freelancer
for The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times,
The New York Daily News, Reuters, and The Australian
erotic fine art photography has been featured in Hustler's Taboo,
Gallery, Nugget, Marquis, Exotique, Shiny, Female Mimics International,
The Qlimax Times, Transformation, Transformed, Transviews, Transasian,
Simply Gorgeous, Hustler's Asian Fever, Girls Of The Orient, TV Scene,
Guys As Dolls, Tranny Chasers and Adam As Eve.
Mercure has spent much of
the past forty years in Southeast Asia and on America's Pacific Coast.
His current photographic pursuit involves documenting the tormented lives
of Thai transsexuals. He will soon release his coffee-table volume, THAI
LADYBOYS: SHADOW DANCERS OF THE BANGKOK DEMIMONDE.
Mercure's tools of the trade include a Nikon F5, a Mamiya
645 Pro TL, a Mamiya RZ 67 Pro II, and a Mamiya 7 II Rangefinder.
Angelo Victor Mercure's Erotic Fine Art Photography is in the permanent collections
of THE WORLD EROTIC ART MUSEUM
in Miami, Florida and THE KINSEY INSTITUTE GALLERY
at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
ART GALLERIES WHICH HAVE EXHIBITED THE PHOTOGRAPHY
OF ANGELO VICTOR MERCURE
UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, Indiana State University,
Terre Haute, Indiana:
September 20th - October 20th, 2010:
"Shapes of Us"
THE CHRYSTIE STREET GALLERY, SoHo District, New York, New York:
September 7th - 24th, 2005:
"Thai Ladyboys: Shadow Dancers Of the Bangkok Demimonde"
GALLERIA SCALA, La JolIa, California:
January 3rd - 31st, 2002:
"Cabaret Boy-Girls of Manila"
TODD KAPLAN GALLERY, Los Angeles, California:
September 1st - 30th, 1997:
"For The Price Of One Nice Dress:
Transgendered Prostitutes Of Ho Chi Minh City"
RITA DEAN GALLERY, Gaslamp District, San Diego, California:
June 1st - 15th, 1992:
"Some Call Them Women:
The Tormented Lives Of Thai Transsexuals"
LAWSON - DE CELLE GALLERY, San Francisco, California:
April 1st - 30th, 1986:
"Lao Ladyboys Of Vientiane”