In his Half-Drag series, New York photographer Leland Bobbé captures the two sides of the city’s drag queens — the extravagantly made-up drag divas and the organic men that lie beneath.

"Through the power of hair and makeup these men are able to completely transform themselves and find their female side while simultaneously showing their male side," he says. And the identities are composed in camera and are not separate images joined during editing.


Bobbé posted the first portrait of the Half-Drag series on his blog last March, writing, "I got great feedback on the image so I decided to reach out to other drag queens… I’ve now shot four people with many more on the way. We’ll see where this takes me…” Five months later, the project has taken the award-winning photographer far: It has been featured in Italian Vogue, fashion site Refinery 29, as well as in other websites and blogs from around the world. (via the HuffPo Gay Voices)


4 thoughts on “Half-Drag”

  1. These photos examplify what I appreciate about this site. I am challenged to explore and understand areas of sexuality are, at first thought, forign to me.

  2. Disturbing seeing it side by side.

    I understand drag and these are quite good, and I guess this is good art because (1) it requires skill (2) it challenges you.

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