In a thousand years, archeologists will no doubt uncover this astounding photo of the largest gathering of drag performers ever assembled and GASP at its historic significance. It’s the story of LA drag, in all its inventive, experimental, audacious, boundary-smashing glory.
The seven foot-by-seven foot composite photograph was shot by legendary lensman Austin Young last March to coincide with the West Hollywood Library’s A Brief History of Drag exhibition and features more than 100 local girls including Sissy Spastik, Glen Alen, Miss Barbie Q, Reba Areba and Willam (among many, many, many others).
“On March 5, I did a portrait of anyone who showed up in drag. It was was one of the best experiences I’ve had in the last 25 years of doing photography; the sense of community was inspiring. I say get your outfits ready for next year … let’s to do it again!” Young says in a statement.
This image (swell as other works by Austin) will be added to the library’s exhibition, which chronicles the drag scene of Los Angeles and West Hollywood and stretches back as far as the late 1800s.
The show runs through June 27, and the public is free to view it during regular library hours. (Mon – Thu 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; closed Sundays)
(And read about what went down during that historical gathering here.)