© Deidre Schoo

Looking at photographs of subcultures is often as alluring as becoming a part of one. When captured well, a portrait of an exclusive society can enlighten us about its secrets while concealing just enough to keep us intrigued. For the second edition of The BlowUp, a new quarterly event by Feature Shoot, we’re inviting ten NYC-based photographers to disclose the stories behind some of their most gripping images of subcultures. The event will take place on June 26, 2015, from 6:30-9:00 PM, at ROOT, New York City.

The second BlowUp will welcome photographers who have straddled genres of documentary, fine art, entertainment photography and film, with each one recounting a short form (5 to 7 minute) tale behind an image of his or her choice. Selected photographs range from Stefan Ruiz’s evocative portraits of Cholombianos, a devoted group of Mexican teens who enjoy Cumbia music, to Deidre Schoo’s behind-the-scenes vision of Flex dancers, a group of innovative New York street choreographers who perform and compete in a boisterous event called “Battlefest.” In addition to Stefan Ruiz and Deidre Schoo, confirmed speakers include Larry Fink, who will be discussing his experience with the Beat Movement, Chris Arnade, who will share a powerful glimpse into street addiction, and Martha Cooper, who will takes us back in time to the 1980s NYC graffiti scene. Andrew Hetherington will take us aboard a Kid Rock cruise; Brian Finke will introduce us to the hip hop honeys, and Gillian Laub will reveal one of her subculture images. Additional photographers will be announced shortly.

Tickets are available for $20, which will include an open bar from 6:30-7:30. Reserve your ticket here (the last event sold out quickly).

The BlowUp is generously sponsored by our friends at ROOT and Agency Access . Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates.