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The Queer Photographer
Bex, a photographer from the UK, once produced the event site REALBristol and helped popularize the previously underrepresented queer scene in Bristol and Brighton. Since arriving in Brooklyn roughly two years ago, she has continued to make her mark on this sector of nightlife in NYC, shooting local parties like The Woods’ Misster, Public Assembly’s Hey Queen, Wreck Room’s KITTY, and this publication’s events, including Summerscreen and The Northside Festival. She has also branched out by merging nightlife and music, regularly contributing to female-drummer-centered Tom Tom mag and documenting artists on and off stages and video sets, applying her desaturated yet energetic aesthetic to them all.
What do you try to capture in your shots?
I’m obsessed with capturing the performance of nightlife, the conscious and subconscious. Quite simply, telling a story. And I can be pretty stealthy about it.
What makes a good nightlife photographer?
Sharp instincts, an ability to engage, and the skills of finding lost lens caps and dodging spilled drinks and drunks.
Favorite Brooklyn-based party or venue to shoot? And just to attend?
I absolutely love the JUDY parties. These guys will throw their night pretty much anywhere, from illegal warehouses to boats sailing around Lady Liberty. Always playing “dress up” and always including shows which leave you questioning your eyes and your soul. A woman pulling carrots out of her vagina, anyone?!
How do you prepare for a night out (and, do you have a shooting uniform)?
I’d love to tell you that I listen to whale music and burn sage as the early stages of a preparation ritual, but the reality is that I just take a shower, pack my kit, and hope that the MTA is playing ball. And no, no uniform. That would be weird.
The Party Photographers We Love: Bex Wade