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.