OUT100: Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst

OUT100: Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst

Photography by JUCO | Retouching by Anna Glen at Wet Noodle

The Moment: 1967: Andy Warhol meets Candy Darling.

This summer, artistic collaborators Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst hit a high point in their careers by being included in the Whitney Biennial. The diaristic photo portraits on display recorded their relationship and their bodies as they transitioned (for Drucker from male to female; for Ernst from female to male), even as their lives continued to evolve. Following the exhibition, Drucker (right), a performance artist, and Ernst (left), a filmmaker, jumped into production as trans consultants and associate producers on Amazon’s groundbreaking original series Transparent. The inspirations for this portrait, Andy Warhol and his muse Candy Darling, also struck a personal chord. “Andy Warhol was a futurist and a visionary,” Drucker says, “and Candy Darling was a pioneer — an archetype and ingenue in the fledgling trans community. We’re honored to inhabit these roles and hope to similarly have an impact on our time.”

Photographed at the Hollywood Loft on September 2, 2014

Styling by Alison Brooks. Makeup: Alexis Ellen/Rex. Hair: Marina Migliaccio/Rex. Vintage Chanel Jewelry available exclusively at JET, Los Angeles.

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