Duke University Press is proud to join the Center for Documentary Studies in celebrating Gerard H. Gaskin and his forthcoming book Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene, the 2012 winner of the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. The book's color and black-and-white photographs document the world of house balls, underground pageants where gay and transgender men and women, mostly African American and Latino, celebrate their most vibrant, spectacular selves as they “walk,” competing for trophies based on costume, attitude, dance moves, and “realness.”event page.
New York City will host several upcoming Legendary events. On Thursday, November 14th, Gaskin is speaking as part of The Camera Club of New York's 2013/2014 Lecture Series. Location and ticketing information for this event can be found here.
The Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts is hosting Gaskin for a book signing and discussion the evening of November 19th. Joining Gaskin for the discussion are Frank Roberts, whose essay "The Queer Undercommons" appears in Legendary, and Deborah Willis, chair of the department. See the event page for information on tickets and location.
December 1-31st, W Hotel presents Legends, a month-long photographic exhibition and philanthropic initiative celebrating New York House Ballroom Legends and style culture. Curated by Gaskin, the exhibit will be open to both guests and locals and will feature photos from Legendary. Legends will kick off with a talk, book signing, and reception on November 20, 2013. More details on the event are still to come. Follow us on Facebook to catch all the latest details.
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