Wednesday, January 11, 2012
These photos of strippers at work are not what you'd expect
If I were to think of a word for photographer Alicia Vera's portraits of exotic dancers at a San Francisco "gentlemen's club," it would be "stripped." And indeed, that's what she calls her essay.
Women's sexuality stripped of its dignity. Men's sexuality stripped of its joy. The softcore side of sex work stripped of any excitement whatsoever.
Women giving up fake intimacy for paltry tips, men giving up money for fake attention.
But like a good, objective eye, Alicia does not judge. She just watches.
Great, heartbreaking, and even inspiring work. Whether you frequent these establishments or not, it will be hard to unsee these images.
See the rest at her portfolio site.
Tip via The Photo Brigade.