Marc McAndrews: American Ultraviolence

Photographer's Photographer, Marc McAndrews' new project, American Ultraviolence, allows us entree into the world of extreme wrestling, where blood and posturing are part of the spectacle. Marc's work often explores fringe cultures, including his well-reg

Photographer’s Photographer, Marc McAndrews’ new project, American Ultraviolence, allows us entree into the world of extreme wrestling, where blood and posturing are part of the spectacle. Marc’s work often explores fringe cultures, including his well-regarded project, Nevada Rose that took a look at life in legal brothels. This access comes from being present and being curious and hours and hours behind a wheel.

A Fresh Take on the Oldest Profession

Marc McAndrews spent five years photographing the legal brothels of 11 Nevada counties, finding less in the way of salaciousness and more in the way of capitalism, commerce and community.

With sweaty palms, a heavy step and a stutter, Marc McAndrews entered a brothel in Elko, Nev., without much of a pitch or a plan. Facing the line of half-naked sex workers, he had to choose one and pose a question that made him blush. Could he take some pictures?