Inside the American Brothel
If Zagat ever did a guide to brothels, they might want to consider a collaboration with photographer Marc McAndrews. After all, McAndrews spent five years photographing 33 of Nevada’s (legal) brothels for Nevada Rose: Inside the American Brothel.
The spark for the project came to McAndrews in 2004 while he was working in Nevada. He was asked if he’d ever visited a brothel (he hadn’t), but he was intrigued and showed up unannounced at various brothels in hopes of gaining permission to photograph them.
McAndrews explains in a recent interview with Slate: “A beautiful thing about photography is the access it can afford you. It’s a reason to get into something, to get past the barriers that people put up.”