SMOKE + MIRRORS: Visions of Modern Drag is a window into the vibrant nightlife of San Francisco’s diverse drag community as seen through the lens of ubiquitous nightlife photographer Gooch. Gooch captures a spectrum of performances by drag queens, drag kings, faux queens, and club kids of diverse genders. All photographs were taken either in performance or on the sidelines of performances, rather than in studio.
Born in the UK, Gooch attended the prestigious Newport College of Art and Design where he studied under British photographer David Hurn,
of the Magnum Photos collaborative. He worked in London for two decades, first apprenticing with important photography studios and later having his own firm.
The focus of his work in the last few years has been documenting the disenfranchised sub-cultures of our time: the dynamism of street art and the artists who create it; the recent LGBT political struggle with marriage equality; and, as in this exhibition, the LGBT performing arts community. By doing this, he memorializes these fragments of society in what can be a very transitory culture.
Readers of the Bay Area Reporter voted Gooch ‘Best Nightlife Photographer 2017’. His work can regularly be seen in that publication, as well as in LEFT magazine, an independent LGBT publication. His monthly column in LEFT, ‘Out and About with Gooch’, is a selection of images of the latest happenings in San Franciscan nightlife. He is resident photographer at many weekly and monthly club nights including: Big Top Sundays at Beaux – featuring stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race; Vivvy’s Grand Opening at the Stud; Go Bang! at the Stud; The Monster Show at the Edge; and Glamcocks. He is also the official photographer of the SF Gay Men’s Chorus.
Publicity by Lawrence Helman PR.
Mike and Sal Evans-Tovar, Celeste Conowitch and all the staff at Ravot.
My husband William Bulkley for supporting me over the years without question.
Danny Nicolletta for being my source of inspiration, love and constructive criticism.
Jeff Kaluzmy at LEFT magazine for their love and support for my work and I over the last three years.
Huge thanks to Jim Provenzano at the Bay Area Reporter.
Currently displayed on the gallery’s main walls, the below works are printed in editions of 25 at 48″ x 36″ on aluminum. These prints are also available in smaller sizes on metal and paper, framed and unframed. Click an image for further details.
The Salon Wall
Currently displayed on the gallery’s right wall in the lounge area, The Salon Wall works are a collection of 12″ x 16″ and 16″ x 20″ archival prints. These prints are also available in larger sizes on metal and paper, framed and unframed. Click an image for further details.