Drags is a photo series documenting drag queens and drag kings from New York City, shot by director and fashion photographer Gregory Kramer. Presented in the style of classic fashion portraiture, the collection features legends, and up-and-coming legends in glamorous black and white, full-length studio portraits. Their names: Sasha Velour, Lady Bunny, Duelling Bankheads, Reina Del Taco, Peppermint or Sugga Pie Koko. Inspired by Irving Penn, as the photographer states it, each photo brings out the spirit of the performer through subtle pose, gesture and facial expression. And as is the case with most drag personalities, all the subjects authored their own look, from garment to hair and make-up. Included in the volume are five stories written by vital pillars of the scene. Charles Busch writes about how it feels to be in drag and his utmost respect for female role models, Sasha Velour speaks about the magic and transformative power of drag as an art form, Linda Simpson comments on the generational shift in the community, Goldie Peacock presents a distinct point of view from a drag king, while Sweetie pays homage to the queens who have come before.
Gregory Kramer, Drags
Published by KMW Studio Publishing
$75.00 US / £59.95 GBP