Keiko Hiromi (Tokyo, Japan) received a B.A. from Suffolk University and graduated from New England School of Photography in 2005. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally has received recognitions and awards, including The Griffin Museum Emerging Photographer Award, Project Basho Emerging Artist Award and “Best in Show” in The Photo Review.
Her work is in numerous private collections and has been favorably reviewed by Kotaro Iizawa, one of Japan’s most prominent photography critics. She was a finalist for the Pollux Award 2010, a Julia Margaret Cameron Award portfolio finalist, and in 2012, was part of an exhibition during Les Rencontres d’Arles in France.
From Keiko’s website:
Welcome to Jacques Cabaret!
Jacques Cabaret (Est 1931) is one of the oldest drag queen venues in Boston, MA. In 2007, as I sat with my friend waiting for the drag show to commence, I sipped on my vodka and listened to the obnoxious bachelorette parties that surrounded us.
The lights are dim, the music starts, and the opening number begins. As I watched these really tall women work the stage and interact with the audience, I was blown away by their raw and uncut power.
Off and on, over the past five years, I would frequent Jacques to make photographs of the girls. After seeing their stage show, I was really interested in capturing them behind the scenes – The making of a drag queen. One weekend when I didn’t make it to a performance, one of the girls said to me, “Keiko, you missed your routine last week.” I was really happy to hear that – the girls now refer to me as their Ninja photographer.
I have been afforded the opportunity to get to know the queens and the people at Jacques, not just as subjects but also as individuals. The spotlight continues to shine on them through my photographs.
Just the Facts:
Keiko Hiromi is represented by Panopticon Gallery
502c Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Jason Landry, Owner | Gallery Director
Hours: Tue–Sat 9:00-4:30pm
Photo above: A Portrait of Katya, from the series Jacques, 2012
All photographs copyright the artist.