On June 26th, Feature Shoot hosted the second edition of The BlowUp, a new quarterly event in which we ask a selected group of remarkable photographers to each tell the stories behind one of their favorite images. This time, theme was Subcultures, and Martha Cooper her famed shot of the now-legendary East New York-based Graffiti King DONDI straddling parked trains. This was the 1970s, when the neighborhood could be described, as she put it, as resembling a “war zone,” but she found within it flourishes of creativity and spontaneity. Through a group of kids, she learned the ins and outs of graffiti art, how people sign signatures, assign nicknames, and make their mark. As it happened, DONDI knew exactly who she was when they met, and after building a friendship, she was allowed to sneak into the yard alongside him and to photograph him at work, immersed in his craft.
The next BlowUp event will take place on the evening of December 10, 2015 at ROOT (Drive In) from 6:30-9:00 PM, and this time, the theme will be photography that has gone viral. We have some incredible photographers lined up to speak including Sophie Gamand, Arne Svenson, Caroline Tompkins, Victoria Will, Kristine Potter, and Allaire Bartel. More photographers will be confirmed soon, but in the meantime, you can purchase tickets here.
The BlowUp is sponsored by Agency Access.