The Drag Illusion | 34 Images
Michael Lang, a social documentary photographer, presents a photo-essay about drag queens to explore the illusion and how it is created.  After visiting several drag clubs in the DC area, Lang focused on one that he felt offered a particularly professional performance.  He visited Town Danceboutique on weekends for 8 months, observing the drag queens and how the illusion was created. Lang documented the backstage creative process in black and white as the reality.  And then he went out front with the audience and photographed the drag queens performing in color as the illusion.  As performance art, drag queens are a special category of gay men who dress as women. The performance can be singing or lip-synching music, dancing, comedy, or impersonation.  The character they create is often an exaggerated version of women. 
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Raquel Savage Black
Raquel Savage Black
Ba'Naka
Ba'Naka
Tatianna
Tatianna
Ba'Naka
Ba'Naka
Jessica Spaulding Deverreoux
Jessica Spaulding Deverreoux
Raquel Savage Black
Raquel Savage Black
Epiphany B Lee
Epiphany B Lee
Ba'Naka
Ba'Naka
Tatianna
Tatianna
Ba'Naka
Ba'Naka
Shi-Queeta Lee
Shi-Queeta Lee
Shi-Queeta Lee
Shi-Queeta Lee
Tatianna
Tatianna
Lena Lett
Lena Lett
Shi-Queeta Lee
Shi-Queeta Lee
Tatianna
Tatianna
Jessica Spaulding Deverreoux
Jessica Spaulding Deverreoux
Shi-Queeta Lee
Shi-Queeta Lee
Shi-Queeta Lee
Shi-Queeta Lee
Tony and Ba'Naka
Tony and Ba'Naka
Ba'Naka and Epiphany B Lee
Ba'Naka and Epiphany B Lee
Tatianna, Ba'Naka and Lena Lett
Tatianna, Ba'Naka and Lena Lett
Epiphany B Lee and Jasmine Blue
Epiphany B Lee and Jasmine Blue
Ba'Naka's dressing table
Ba'Naka's dressing table
Chanel Devereaux
Chanel Devereaux
Ba'Naka and his drag daughter
Ba'Naka and his drag daughter
Jasmine Blue
Jasmine Blue
Rauel Savage Black
Rauel Savage Black
Pretty is not Enough
Pretty is not Enough