New book and exhibition offer a rare insight into the people and landmarks of the real Las Vegas

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, sees Barnes document old Vegas and the people who shaped the town in its heyday. Known for developing strong relationships with his subjects and forging bonds with the people he photographs, Hunter Barnes 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

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