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Scattered around the state of Nevada in unassuming little desert towns, prostitution is thriving. Nevada Rose is an extraordinary peephole into this legal, albeit secretive, world of fantasy and theatre, which takes readers inside the 29 'ranches' in and around towns. Readers will meet the managers and the madams, the kitchens and the cooks, laundry rooms and lounges, personal bedrooms and pets.
Among the last honest places in America / by Patty Kelly -- Flesh and the devil : an improv interview with Dennis Hof / by Bill Higgins -- Through the green door / by Marc McAndrews.
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Publishers Weekly ReviewA gritty collection of photographs (and exhaustive inventory) of Nevada's legal brothels, this book reveals a wide cross-section of humanity, Americana, and femininity while eschewing a sensational perspective on sex work. With one in 10 American men admitting to have paid for sex, feminist anthropologist Kelly, in her introduction, calls the brothels of Nevada "among the last honest places in America." They are "American culture writ large"; they are both sprawling ranches with pools, private gyms, and salons for the sex workers and humble shacks advertising free Wi-Fi along with their more exotic services. McAndrews's panoramas of the wide Nevada sky and sagebrush highlight the isolation of each brothel; his interiors, with the lush greens and maroons of an Edward Hopper painting, draw our attention, matter-of-factly, to the detritus of quotidian brothel life-the ubiquitous bottles of hand sanitizer and wet wipes, the timers, the panic buttons. And the women themselves are a revelation. Their bodies have been variously augmented and marked by tattoos and stretch marks, and they look into the camera, directly at the viewer, with self-possession, humor, and irony. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Author notes provided by SyndeticsMarc McAndrews grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and turned to photography as a means of keeping himself occupied during his family's yearly car trips to Montreal. Photography and long car rides would become themes in McAndrews' life. After receiving his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1998 and returning from time spent living and working in Europe, McAndrews bought a 1990 GMC Vandura conversion van on eBay for $510, put on new brakes, loaded it up with gear, and began traveling the country to photograph and document American culture.
McAndrews' work has been seen in magazines such as Time , Stern, Inc., Exit , Fortune Small Business , and others. McAndrews was a recipient of the Magenta Arts Foundation's 2006 "Flash Forward" award. "Nevada Rose" was nominated for the 2009 NY Photo Awards and, along with his series "JROTC," was an official selection for the 2009 Lucie Awards. McAndrews has lectured at The New School, Sarah Lawrence, and New York's International Center for Photography. He lives in New York.
Nevada Rose includes an essay by well-known feminist anthropologist Patty Kelly. Kelly has been researching and writing about the sex industry for more than a decade. Her book, Lydia's Open Door: Inside Mexico's Most Modern Brothel (University of California Press, 2008) received the American Ethnological Society's prestigious Sharon Stephens Award in 2009. Her writing has appeared in a variety of diverse places, including the Los Angeles Times , $pread Magazine: Illuminating the Sex Industry , The Catholic Worker , and American Anthropologist . Currently a research professor in George Washington University's Department of Anthropology, Kelly lives and writes in Philadelphia and New York City.