Trixie Mattel & Kim Chi by Magnus Hastings

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Trixie Mattel & Kim Chi by Magnus Hastings

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Magnus Hastings

British Photographer Magnus Hastings grew up in London. He attended the King Alfred School, Chelsea Art School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Having taught himself photography in his teens, Hastings decided to quit acting and pursue photography shortly after leaving drama school. After securing his first show he was soon put to work shooting celebrity covers for the biggest gay magazines including Attitude, Boyz and QX international. 

At the same time he immersed himself in thriving London gay scene where his favorite subjects, drag queens, flourished. Hastings was always drawn to the art form of drag and people he considered kindred spirits. His passion for drag photography led him to Sydney and its vibrant and exciting drag scene in 2005.

“It was as if I had a arrived home,” Hastings says of the drag scene. He describes himself as someone who was a “child of drag who was shamed out of doing what [he] loved." It was a scene and visual that made sense and inspired him. Hastings set to work photographing the best queens he could find, beginning a love affair with capturing the art of drag. He very quickly gained a reputation as a someone to watch in the drag world.

Hastings relocated to Los Angeles in 2011 and found himself increasingly drawn into the drag world with its lack of censorship and willingness to take chances. Soon after, he started to work on his project Why Drag?, in which he travelled the country photographing drag artists and documenting their responses to the question “why drag?”. The project quickly found momentum and a show of the photographs opened in New York in 2014 to much critical acclaim. The success of the exhibition led to a book deal with Chronicle Books and the release of Why Drag? in 2016. The book went straight to the top of the portrait photography charts.

Hastings’ reputation a the leader in the field of drag photography led to his appearance as celebrity guest photographer on Rupaul’s Drag Race in 2015 and he is currently a regular judge on Dragula, the alternative drag competition on Hey Qween TV. He is constantly in demand with the top drag queens and he has his own line of shower curtains featuring his photographs, stating “I see a shower curtain as a 6'x6' art space.”

In 2016 Sir Elton John acquired 4 prints from Why Drag? for his renowned photography collection, commenting “this is the best fucking photography book in years!”