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Inside the American Brothel

If Zagat did a guide to brothels, they might want to consider a consultation with photographer Marc McAndrews. After all, McAndrews spent five years photographing 33 of Nevada’s (legal) brothels for Nevada Rose: Inside the American Brothel (Umbrage Editions).

“My initial motivation was curiosity,” McAndrews communicated via email about the project. “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.”

After initially being turned away from the famous Bunny Ranch, Kit Kat Guest Ranch, and Sagebrush Ranch, all in Mound House, a few miles outside of Carson City, Nev., he was advised by a patron in a local bar to try the brothels in the smaller town of Elko. There, he easily gained access to his first brothel, Mona’s Ranch… read more >

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