Alicia Vera’s Stripped series takes viewers behind the scenes of the Roaring 20’s gentlemen’s club in San Francisco, where the photographer documented her two-year relationship with several exotic dancers. Initially, Vera accepted a gig for a company that managed multiple strip clubs in the California city. Eventually, she formed a bond with the dancers, who allowed the artist backstage. Vera doesn’t portray the girls as glossy idols and instead reveals all the attitude, tears, and intimacy the dancers share with each other on a daily basis. “Stripped is about the face behind the veil and getting past the stereotypes and misconceptions of being an exotic dancer,” Vera has stated. See what she means in our gallery past the break.