Drag meddles in stories about gender, beauty, and culture. Even in the act of lip syncing, we choose a song – a preexisting story that's deemed "straight" or "normal" or "nothing out of the ordinary" – and then we squeeze our beautiful queer bodies into it, shifting the meaning, disrupting the total effect. Drag makes room for us queers as we are (or perhaps more importantly, as we imagine ourselves) in the center of every recognizable narrative.
Veteran photographer and director Gregory Kramer's latest work, DRAGS, is a star-studded photo series that contains portraits of both drag initiates and superstars. If your coffee table happens to be covered in glitter, powder and sequins, DRAGS might just be the perfect addition.
Imagine the subtle genius of Irving Penn’s photographs, the simplicity behind his captures of character. Now project it into the aesthetic appetite of 2018 and you’ve got DRAGS, Gregory’s Kramer latest project.
After paging through Small Trades, Irving Penn’s portrait series depicting skilled trades people in their work clothes, New York-based fashion photographer Gregory Kramer had an epiphany. “I woke up one morning and was like – that’s it! Let’s document the New York drag scene,” he recalls.
Drags is a photo series in book for by photographer Gregory Kramer documenting the drag queens and kings of New York City, through glamorous black-and-white photographs. It’s presented as fashion portraiture and features the legendary and up-and-coming legends.
The show doubles as a launch party for Gregory Kramer’s photo book, Drags, featuring Irving Penn-inspired portraits of some of New York’s most beloved drag queens and kings—including Lady Bunny, Charles Busch, Sweetie, Linda Simpson, Goldie Peacock, Wang Newton, and Season 9 standouts Aja and Peppermint.
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.
Born in a tiny town in rural Michigan, director and photographer Gregory Kramer moved to New York City in 1992 and fell in love with drag queens and kings. Over the past few years, he knew he wanted to work on a new project, but it wasn’t until he picked up Irving Penn’s “Small Trades” that the vision for his photo book "DRAGS" came into focus.
On Thursday, September 7, at 7pm, RuPaul's Drag Race season nine winner Sasha Velour and other next-level NYC drag performers will throw a launch party for the new photo book DRAGS at the Highline Ballroom.