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DRAGS is a photo series documenting drag queens and drag kings from 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. 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 queen’s who’ve come before.

Subjects photographed: Sasha Velour, Aja, Charles Busch, Lady Bunny, Duelling Bankheads, Peppermint, Murray Hill, Linda Simpson, Sugga Pie Koko, Sherry Vine, Flawless Sabrina, Sweetie, Pearl Harbor, Sultana, Flotilla DeBarge, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Bobbie, Zeta Jones, Scarlet Envy, Glace Chase, Ginger, Rose Royalle, Tobell Von Cartier, Pixie Aventura, Marti Gould Cummings, Flloyd, Mr. Lee VaLone, Kim Ono, Shequida, Merrie Cherry, Horrorchata, Momo Shade, Mocha Lite, Daphne Sumtimez, Ruby Roo, Thee Suburbia, Destiny, Ragamuffin, Mrs. Smith, Reina Del Taco, Erika Klash, Goldie Peacock, Dahlia Sin, Kandy Muse, Heidi Glüm, Wang Newton, Lal Batti, and Crimson Kitty.

The Ali Forney Center, a New York based not-for-profit, will be the recipient of Mr. Kramers’s profits from sales of the book. AFC is the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program.

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Drags photographed by Gregory Kramer

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

Release Date: Fall 2017
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 80 b&w
Size: 10 in x 13 in
Hardcover
Publisher: KMW Studio
ISBN: 9780997391640

$75.00 plus $10 s&h

About the Photographer

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About the Photographer

Gregory Kramer

Gregory Kramer is a New York City based fashion photographer and director. His fresh, expressive style has made him a highly sought-after photographer by clients such as Bloomingdale's, Club Monaco, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, and Worth New York. His directorial vision has led to work for creating TV commercials for Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Gay Men's Health Crisis. He also has directed music videos for downtown superstar Bridget Everett and created original video content for Macy's, Paper Magazine, Samuelsohn, and 10TV.

Gregory got started in the industry 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.

Events


FashionSpeak Fridays: DRAGS

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 @ 7pm

National Arts Club

15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003

Join Gregory Kramer, author of DRAGS (KMW Studio) along with Tony-nominated drag legend Charles Busch, drag queen and event producer Merrie Cherry, and producer and star of Fusion TV’s Shade: Queens of NYC Marti Gould Cummings for a celebration of New York’s drag queens and kings and a live drag show hosted by Murray Hill.

More event info at www.nationalartsclub.org

KMWstudio publishing and Rizzoli Bookstore invite you to a performance and book signing

Monday, October 30th, 2017 @ 6-8pm

Rizzoli Bookstore

1133 Broadway at 26th Street, NY

Hosted by the fabulous LINDA SIMPSON
w/Special Guest Performances

Free Drinks & Music by DESTINY

More event info at www.rizzolibookstore.com


DRAGS Book Launch

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Highline Ballroom, NYC

featuring SASHA VELOUR

benefiting THE ALI FORNEY CENTER


News


Cool Hunting

"DRAGS," the artist's new photo book, profiles NYC drag queens and drag kings

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.

Read more on coolhunting.com

AM New York

Sasha Velour, other drag stars strike a pose for book focused on city’s queens

Lip sync battles, roasts and flawless makeup galore: Thirty of New York City’s hottest drag superstars are coming together at Highline Ballroom for one night next month to celebrate the launch of the new photo series, “DRAGS.”

Read more on amny.com


The Broadway Blog

Sasha Velour Headlines Benefit for Homeless LGBT Youth

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 winner Sasha Velour and 30 iconic drag queens and kings will perform at a show benefiting the homeless LGBTQ youths of the Ali Forney Center at 6 p.m. on September 7 at Highline Ballroom.

Read more on thebroadwayblog.com

Timeout

Meet drag superstar Sasha Velour at the Highline Ballroom next month

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.

Read more on timeout.com


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Sasha Velour, Peppermint, Strike A Pose For The Ali Forney Center

The New York dolls appear in "Drags," a sumptuous new coffee-table book benefiting LGBT homeless youth.

Read more on newnownext.com

OUT Mag

Gregory Kramer's New Book DRAGS to Benefit Ali Forney Center

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.

Read more on out.com


Advocate

13 Photos of Drag à la Mode

Photographer Gregory Kramer brings mid-century style and glamour to New York's finest drag royalty in a new book.

Read more on advocate.com

Metrosource

DRAGS Book Launch featuring Sasha Velour – Benefiting the Ali Forney Center

Join ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ winner Sasha Velour and 30 other iconic NYC drag queens and kings for a night of performance to benefit the Ali Forney Center’s homeless LGBTQ youths.

Read more on metrosource.com