“Drags” by Gregory Kramer— A Photo Series

Kramer, Gregory. “Drags”, KMW Studio, 2017.

A Photo Series

Amos Lassen

Gregory Kramer’s “Drags” is a photo series that documents the drag queens and kings of New York City, through glamorous black-and-white photographs and it does so in a beautifully designed coffee table book. The photographs are presented in the style of classic fashion portraiture and features legends and up-and-coming legends in black and white, full-length studio portraits. Each photo brings out the spirit of the performer through subtle pose, gesture and facial expression.

Included 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.”

 This is a stunner of a book that allows each of the drag stars to author their own look and is one of those books that can be looked at over and over again.

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