Dorian Corey "Paris Is Burning" Signed Prestige Pictures promotional photograph, 1990
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Signed Prestige Pictures promotional photograph for the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning, showing drag queens Angie Xtravaganza, Dorian Corey, and Willi Ninja. Dorey has inscribed "To Paul on a lunch of conversation! - in N.Y.? / Dorian Corey" in black ink to the lower margin. In very fine condition. 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.).
Paris Is Burning portrayed New York City drag ball culture in the mid-to-late 1980s. The film was a significant critical success, and has been subsequently selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Dorian Corey, a prominent performer in the drag community, was one of the film's primary subjects. Corey's legacy remains one of importance to the drag and ballroom communities, and her particular importance in the development of voguing as a cornerstone of New York ballroom culture is venerated and memorialized in the modern day.
From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications.