Strip Cultures: Finding America in Las Vegas
The members of the Project on Vegas are Stacy M. Jameson, Instructor of Film/Media at the University of Rhode Island; Karen Klugman, photographer and Chair of the Art Department at the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut; Jane Kuenz, Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine; and Susan Willis, Associate Professor of Literature at Duke University.
Framing Las Vegas “Reality”
Documentary photographs in Las Vegas reveal the many visual tricks used to purposely reveal everything, even the copies of foreign architecture, to be fake. With multiple versions of costumed characters parading the streets, wax figures posing with tourists, advertisements juxtaposed with iconic statues, and Photoshopped souvenir images, the pictures that tourists take home are metaphorically inscribed with the reminder that “this image was taken in Las Vegas.”