Photographer Gerard H Gaskin takes you inside the culture of house balls, underground events where gay and transgender men and women, mostly African American and Latino, come together to celebrate their recreated selves.
Captured in the New York area, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Washington, DC, the project is a collaboration between photographer and the house members who let him enter the intimate world of ball culture.
I have worked on this book “Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene” for twenty years. The photographs in it document the performative and aesthetic history of the African American and Latino House Ballroom Community since 1993 to date. Balls began as an underground, hidden form of community building forged together by minority queers who felt excluded from white gay culture.
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