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Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas, by celebrity/fashion/beauty photographer James Hicks, is a compilation of alluring, bewitching, and often satirical photographic images of female impersonators—a.k.a. drag queens or "Queens of the Night." Hicks, however, takes his fascinating, multifaceted subjects out of the dark and places them fully in the light of day in this high-heeled coffee-table book. "Drag Queens are typically associated with the night," Hicks shares, "They are usually only seen in the evening, performing ‘underground,’ in bars and nightclubs. I was inspired to take them out of their expected surroundings and photograph them in vivid daylight."

Exchanging the glare of the nightclub spotlight for the warm rays of the sun, Hicks has staged his subjects in settings ranging from elegant outdoor fashion and beauty backdrops to just plain outrageously fun scenes. Evocative image after image feature some of today's most popular female impersonators in their most vibrant drag.

Although some images were shot in studio, Hicks has captured these larger-than-life female drag personas in amusingly diverse daytime scenarios such as “Golfing at the Club,” “Taking the Baby for a Stroll,” and “Living the High Life,” staged in a stately mansion. Drag dolls, dames, and divas are also depicted making the mundane exotic: visiting the local Laundromat, munching on fries beneath a hair dryer, and even being nailed by a taxi on a busy New York street!

Chicly laid out over 160 large-format, glossy pages, the sumptuous color and black-and-white images in Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas totally match the polish and "fierceness" of the ultra-fabulous, gender-bending models who grace its pages. The book features drag celebs such as cover model All-Beef Patty (of “America's Got Talent” fame), comedian Harmonica Sunbeam, and several contestants from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” including Tatianna, Pandora Box, Shannel, Carmen Carrera, Manila Luzon, Alexis Mateo, Mimi Imfurst, India Ferrah, Yara Sofia, Shangela, and Jiggly Caliente. Each page is a celebration of the larger-than-life characters these stunning illusionists have shaped and developed into hard-fought professional success.

CURRENT PROJECT: DOG FACE : Pooches & Prose

  DOG FACE: Pooches & Prose is a coffee table book of strikingly beautiful photographs of dogs, combined with wonderful and witty quotes by notables and the not so well known. James has been a photographer for well over 20 years and has been a dog lover all of his life.  Combining his love of photography and dogs, James is working to create DOG FACE : Pooches & Prose. He has photographed mixed, popular & rare pure breeds , as well as, show dogs and pets. All of the subjects have been loving companions and family members. The images are not only stunning and dramatic portraits but also captured are dogs just having a good time being dogs.  View the project HERE 

 

DOG FACE: Pooches & Prose is a coffee table book of strikingly beautiful photographs of dogs, combined with wonderful and witty quotes by notables and the not so well known. James has been a photographer for well over 20 years and has been a dog lover all of his life.  Combining his love of photography and dogs, James is working to create DOG FACE : Pooches & Prose. He has photographed mixed, popular & rare pure breeds , as well as, show dogs and pets. All of the subjects have been loving companions and family members. The images are not only stunning and dramatic portraits but also captured are dogs just having a good time being dogs. 

View the project HERE 

Current Project: Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas Deux

Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas Deux will be a continuation of the fun and fantasy with beautiful images of amazing queens photographed in more outrageous and unexpected locations than in the first book.

Drag Dolls, Dames & Divas Deux will be a continuation of the fun and fantasy with beautiful images of amazing queens photographed in more outrageous and unexpected locations than in the first book.

                                    Current Project: DOG FACE: The Human Animal Bond  & DOG FACE: Creature Feature   

Dog Face: The Human /Animal Bond will explore the relationship and bond that humans share with their animals.

Dog Face: The Human /Animal Bond will explore the relationship and bond that humans share with their animals.

Dog Face: Creature Feature is a compilation of beautiful images of the different animals I photographed in the making of Dog Face: The Human Animal Bond.

Dog Face: Creature Feature is a compilation of beautiful images of the different animals I photographed in the making of Dog Face: The Human Animal Bond.