What happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay there. Not if you were within shot of the photographers who came to America’s City of Lights in the last five decades. Some of the best results are the subject of “The Show on Vegas,” which opened Thursday night with a bash at M+B gallery in West Hollywood.
Slim Aarons, Todd Eberle, Curt Gunther, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Weber, Dennis Hopper and Bernard of Hollywood are among the three dozen photographers represented in the exhibit, an extension of The Book on Vegas, a luscious 300-page tome packed with 226 images curated by Roman Alonso and Lisa Eisner. Published by their art book imprint Greybull Press late last year, and timed to the city’s centennial, it’s a visual compendium of intimate moments and better-known milestones: William Claxton catching Marlene Dietrich mid smoky cigarette and backstage at the Sands Hotel in 1958, and, three decades later, Richard Misrach’s melancholic sunset scene of a deserted drive-in theater.
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