The Book on Vegas.
Edited by Lisa Eisner and Roman Alonso. Essay by Dave Hickey. Numerous contributing photographers.
Greybull Press, New York, 2006. 300 pp., 120 color and 106 duotone illustrations, 11x14".
In celebration of Las Vegas’s centennial, Greybull Press has put together
the ultimate visual tribute to sin city. An exceptional collection of images
of the city as seen through the eyes of many of the most important photographers,
artists and filmmakers of the past 50 years, it also includes
classic archival images that capture the true essence of what makes
Vegas the high/low pleasure capital of the world: its entertainers and
celebrities, its winners and losers, the dealers, divas, players and dreamers.
The Book on Vegas features landmark images of the desert city’s architecture,
street life, weddings, casinos and surrounding landscape. Some of
the highlights include William Claxton’s intimate backstage portraits of
Marlene Dietrich, Sammy Davis Jr., and Noel Coward; Elliott Erwitt’s iconic
image of the lone slot machine player; Helmut Newton’s photograph of
the secret money room at Caesar’s Palace; Bruce Webber’s portfolio of
Siegfried & Roy at home with their tigers; Grant Mudford’s straight architectural
photos of Liberace’s outlandish estate; Lauren Greenfield and
Philip Lorca diCorcia’s intimate portraits of poledancers; Diane Keaton’s
mysterious images of hotel lobbies; Garry Winogrand’s off-the-strip motel
swimming pool; Ed Ruscha’s stop-action shots of a typewriter being
dropped from the window of a Buick speeding through the nearby
dessert; Leroy Neiman’s painting of Buddy Hackett; stunning film stills
from Casino, Koyaanasquatsi, Godfather II and other classic films—and
much, much more. With over 300 pages, and 226 exquisitely produced
color images, The Book on Vegas is luminous, loud and spectacular—like
the city itself.
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