RED LIGHT SANCTUARY for ‘EXTRAVAGANT’



Photo series at ‘Extravagant’ presented by BNO and IMG LAB at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam January 2017.

Dutch Design is usually not synonymous with excessive extravagances. But a bit exaggerated and a bit strange is actually pretty tasty.

This series of photographs are Darren Smith’s first glimpses of the Amsterdam LGBT community and through that red light sanctuary, they intensify that position of a voyeur, as an outsider looking in. The women  photographed represent a full spectrum of experiences and personalities, from those that have dressed in drag for the first time, to the seasoned club veterans. 


Talent: Drag Queens United, presented by Lady Galore
Photography: Darren Smith

‘Extravagant’ BNO and IMG LAB:




© 2019 Darren Smith