Drags

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Photographs by Gregory Kramer Essays by Charles Busch, Sasha Velour, Linda Simpson, Goldie Peacock, Sweetie

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9780997391640
Hardcover
KMW Studio
Territory: USA & Canada
Size: 10 in x 13 in
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 78 b&w

RRP $75.00

  • A photo series documenting the drag queens and kings of New York City, through glamorous black-and-white photographs
  • Appeals to photography and popular culture book buyers and collectors, as well as national and international LGBTQ communities, fashion enthusiasts, and fashion boutiques/home decor stores
  • Beautifully designed coffee table book
  • There is a website dedicated to this project: www.dragsbook.com

Drags is a photo series documenting the drag queens and kings of New York City, shot by director/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.

Inspired by Irving Penn, each photo brings out the spirit of the performer through subtle pose, gesture and facial expression.

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've come before.

Gregory Kramer is a New York City-based photographer and director. Originally from Michigan, he has traveled extensively between the US and Australia to hone his talents. Gregory worked as studio manager for renowned photographer and filmmaker Douglas Keeve. He served as first assistant director on Unzipped, Keeve's celebrated documentary about Isaac Mizrahi.

Gregory's ability for creating expressive images has quickly made him a highly sought-after photographer and director. His editorial work has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Australian Cleo, Poster and Oyster. His advertising clients include Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Worth New York.

What the press have said about this book...

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“The result is Drags (KMW Studio), a sumptuous monograph with 80s black and white portraits that will leave you breathless as you take in the full glamour and glory of New York’s finest.”Dazed & Confused Magazine

“While we can never have enough Mama Ru, we are also aware that the world of drag deserves endless appreciation… In Drags, [Gregory]Kramer called upon New York’s drag community to come and pose in front of his camera.”Dazed

“Drag is like an act of magic, a way of casting spells. If a spell is meant to change the living world through the constitutive powers of language, then I think drag is meant to change it through fashion, gesture, and effect.”CNN Style

“Offering a rare insight into how the flamboyantly-dressed performers behind the wigs, heels and make-up really feel on stage, Gregory Kramer's book also features essays from men and women who've been working New York's hard-to-please crowds for decades.”Daily Mail

"Each photo brings out the spirit of the performer through subtle pose, gesture and facial expression." - Reviews by Amos Lassen

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