Andrienne Raquel


ONYX is a completely new photography series created by NYC-based photographer and art director Adrienne Raquel.  In this alluring and provocative photographic exploration of the famed Club Onyx in Houston, TX, Raquel pushes past the polish and controlled sets of her commercial work, and captures exotic dancers in a more candid and intimate environment. With her signature attention to detail, portrayal of glamour and ability to capture radiant beauty in her subjects, Raquel highlights the nuances of Southern strip club culture while focusing on the relationship dynamics amongst the dancers.

This series of work ventures beyond the societal stigma often associated with exotic dancing, and depicts a captivating narrative of femininity, sisterhood, self-transformation, and strength among the performers. Through portraiture and environmental vignettes, the dancers are photographed in their most vulnerable yet powerful moments — both on and beyond the performance stage.

ONYX is curated by Meredith Breech, Fotografiska New York in collaboration with the artist.

I am endlessly inspired by femininity and the beauty of the female form, and wanted to approach ONYX from a more impromptu point of view.

Adrienne Raquel