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September 12, 2017

Panel & Press Round-Up

The best part about being part of a photography panel this past weekend at RuPaul’s Drag Con (held at the Jacob Javits Center) was meeting the other panelists, all of whom were absolutely lovely—photographers Richard Renaldi and Travis Magee, Drag Race royalty Bebe Zahara Benet (winner of season one) and journalist Lyne Lucien, who moderated the event.

 

From left: Lyne Lucien, Bebe Zahara Benet, me, Richard Renaldi and Travis Magee. (Photo from Lucien’s Facebook page.)

 

And speaking of photography… On the eve of Drag Con, The Huffington Post published a very insightful article by James Michael Nichols about the historical correlation between NYC’s drag scene of the 1980s and ’90s (the era that I cover in The Drag Explosion) and today’s mainstream acceptance of drag, including Drag Con. I’m quoted and the article includes several photos of mine.

 

 

Glad to have helped pave the way for drag queens to take over convention centers!

 

September 6, 2017

I’m Back at Drag Con!

Last year I was part of RuPaul’s Drag Con in Los Angeles… and on September 10th I’m partaking in a photography panel at Drag Con’s NYC debut.

Please don’t tell anyone I really don’t know how to take photos!

 

 

Longtime East Village performer Flloyd has a lively new Q&A with writer Michael Musto for Paper Magazine. The lead photo is from The Drag Explosion. It was taken in the dressing room of the Pyramid nightclub in 1992.

 

 

Did you catch the May 19th broadcast of RuPaul’s Drag Race?

The contestants had to create a look based on the club kid scene of the early 1990s—and some pix from The Drag Explosion were shown as reference.

 

Left: Kabuki and Keda in 1992; Richie Rich in 1993. Both photos from the Limelight nightclub.

 

Glad to have been of assistance!

Early March in New York is time for art fairs, including NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance), which featured a special program, “Contemporary Drag,” presented by the curatorial agency Gordon Robichaux. Among the offerings was The Drag Explosion.

 

Posing with Sam Gordon of Gordon Robichaux.

 

Merchandise for sale at the fair included items designed by “Contemporary Drag” artists in collaboration with PAOM (Print All Over Me). My contribution was a beach towel featuring a map I created for My Comrade, the underground gay magazine that I used to publish in the 1980s and ’90s.

 

 

The towel sold out at NADA. But you can still get your’s at PAOM.com!

 

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