HUNTER BARNES 'OFF THE STRIP' EXHIBITION ARRIVES AT DAVID HILL GALLERY
“A town built by men, where women shined like stars in the sky. A small slice still remains.”
Photographer Hunter Barnes has an extraordinary ability to document aspects of culture and communities ignored by the mainstream and often misrepresented in the modern American narrative. In his latest work, Barnes explores the Las Vegas that was. Off The Strip, the new hardback book and accompanying exhibition at David Hill Gallery, sees Barnes document old Vegas and the people who shaped the town in its heyday.
Hunter Barnes is known for developing strong relationships with his subjects and forging bonds with the people he photographs. He spent January 2017 meeting the original characters of old Vegas - their lives a vivid reminder of the past. Hunter’s subjects in Off the Strip are a living embodiment of the now-demolished landmarks they frequented and defined. Remaining sites like the old Cigar Lounge, where the real Las Vegas characters of the late 60s and early 70s still hang out, are as much a part of Barnes’s Las Vegas story as their devoted clientele.
Published by Reel Art Press and with an accompanying exhibition at David Hill Gallery, Barnes’s remarkable portraits are a rare insight into the people and landmarks of the real Las Vegas. Former Casino boss Johnny Rulli, the first fully nude showgirl, Lisa Medford, Bobby Martini, bodyguard to Sinatra and Sylvester Stallone, lounge singers, pit managers, boxing judges, cocktail waitresses and peep shows, those in “the greatest town you could live in [where] the spirit of old Las Vegas still remains.”
This remarkable study of Las Vegas captures a unique blend of obscure and familiar detail, enabling Barnes to continue his quest to reveal communities so often forgotten in the modern American narrative and on the verge of disappearing.
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DAVID HILL GALLERY
David Hill Gallery shows both established and lesser-known 20th century and contemporary photographers, specialising in presenting previously unseen work. Exhibitions have included the first solo show of Burt Glinn’s coverage of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, George Rodger’s recently unearthed 1940s colour series on the Sudan’s Nuba and Latuka tribes, and Mario Carnicelli’s sharply observed mid-60s American street photography. The Gallery also presented the first solo show of Sory Sanlé’s work outside of Africa.
David Hill Gallery | 345 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 6HA