An exhibition of photographer Gerard H. Gaskin’s work opens today at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The nearly fifty images on display are from the same body of work that comprised his 2013 book Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene. Gaskin won the 2012 Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize.
His radiant color and black-and-white photographs take us inside the culture of house balls, underground events where gay and transgender men and women, mostly African American and Latino, come together to see and be seen. “Tens across the board!” wrote Lambda Literary Review in their write-up of the book. Writing in Edge, Kay Bourne said, “Legendary welcomes you into a fabulous world. This hall of mirrors is akin to the dazzling Emerald City of ‘some where over the rainbow’ fame.” And Leo Hsu of Fraction Magazine wrote, “Legendary honors the possibility of a truer self, performed.”
The show runs through August 16. If you can’t make it to the exhibition, you can still order the book at a 30% discount. Just visit our website and use coupon code E13GASK at checkout.