Intimate Photos of the DC Underground Drag Scene

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In Ryan Florig’s photo series Tuck, the artist takes us behind the scenes of the DC underground drag scene, where the wigs come off. First spotted on Juxtapoz, Florig hopes to change the public’s perspective of the city’s drag queens, revealing intimate and glamorous moments as the ladies dress for the evening’s festivities. The camaraderie amongst the group is clear. But Florig’s camera doesn’t miss a moment and shows us when things get a little raunchy, too. The images are honest and not just invested in the facade. Florig’s black-and-white palette is striking and allows us to focus on the people behind the outrageous makeup and costumes.

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig

Photo credit: Ryan Florig