Hunter Barnes likes to document communities that are typically ignored by the mainstream and misrepresented in the modern American narrative. In his most recent book, Off the Strip, Barnes explores the Las Vegas that was; his photographs celebrate the people who shaped the town in its heyday. Not much of old Vegas remains, but Barnes captures the people and landmarks that have endured—those that represent life “Off the Strip.”
In his early twenties, Barnes self-published his first book, Redneck Roundup, documenting the dying communities of the Old West. Other projects followed: four years spent with the Nez Perce tribe; months with a serpent handling congregation in the Appalachian mountains; bikers, lowriders, and street gangs; inmates in California State Prison—intense, true pockets and sub-cultures of America. Barnes shoots exclusively on film, the pace of analogue in harmony with his approach. Fundamental to his work is the journey, the people, the place—and committing them to film before they are greatly changed or gone forever.
An exhibition accompanying the publication of Off the Strip is on view through October 26, 2018, at David Hill Gallery in London.
Off the Strip
By Hunter Barnes
Published by Reel Art Press
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