The Sunday Review
Some people travel the The world of search of Some people seek adventure while others are interested in cultural experiences, natural landmarks, or food. But French photographer François Prost During his road trip through America, he was searching for something completely different. strip clubs.
From Miami to Los Angeles, Prost’s latest book “Gentlemen’s Club” Charting his way across the US nearly 150 strip clubs with names like Pleasures, Temptations and Cookies N’ Cream. There isn’t a single nude woman to be seen, however, as Prost’s camera was exclusively trained on the buildings themselves — and specifically their often-colorful facades.
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“I’d divide these venues into two types: One is very integrated into the public landscape, and one is a bit more hidden and dodgy,” Prost told The Sunday Review in a video chat and via email.
He added that the first kind of syringes can be found in “very American” Setting up your home or office with the right settings “around amusement parks and fast food and malls.” These latter locations, on the other hand, can sometimes appear to be identical with any shop in an a strip mall. Prost stated that he had found many These establishments are located along the Bible Belt, A socially conservative Region in the country’s south. The south of the country was his particular interest. the area due to the apparent contrast between the of strip clubs In his book, he refers to what he does as “conservatism and extreme puritanism.”
Prost claimed that he was not interested in the Services or interiors of the strip clubsThe place he visited every day during his stay. the day. He wanted to create objective documentary style photographs instead, in order to better understand American culture. of Establishments seated at the The intersection of the two is a good example. of Documenting changing attitudes toward sex. Documenting the changing attitudes towards sex through the You can also find out more about Lens of He added, “architecture” the The series is the primary term. of a landscape photography project.
“The prism of this theme of strip club facades became a way of studying and trying to understand the country,” He wrote a letter. “Gentlemen’s Club,” Photos from will be featured in an exhibition in Tokyo in March.
”(‘Gentlemen’s Club’ is) an objective panorama of The dominant gendered opinions the sexualization of the feminine image.”
The origin of life of Prost’s project dates back to his 2018 series, “After Party,” What focuses on the Flamboyant façades of French nightclubs. He stated that people often commented on the nightclubs. the buildings’ exteriors looked as though they had been ripped straight out of American cities sparking a fire the He should go to the idea the US and Extend the project.
He was not just struck by the fact that he had to plan his entire trip meticulously. the sheer volume of strip clubs in America but that — unlike In Europe — they often demanded to be seen. Even candy-cane stripes, hot pink walls or giant silhouettes of nudes were not hidden. of the You can also find out more about the kind of person you are by clicking here. of Enjoy the entertainment inside.
“A good example would be Las Vegas, where strip clubs are everywhere and their signs blink as much as a fast food (restaurant) or casino sign,” Prost said.
Miami’s clubs The colors were vivid and Wes Andersonesque. In other photos, brightly-painted venues contrast with the desert landscape.
The following is a list of the most effective ways to improve your chances. the establishments were open during the Prost asked permission for photos to be taken in the morning. “to not look suspicious… and explain what my intentions were,” He said. He said that interiors often did not live up to expectations. the The promise of a tantalizing future is plastered all over the Outside signs but the photographer Met a host of During his five-week journey, he encountered a wide range of characters, from indifferent bouncers and managers to those who loved him. the project.
“Most of the time, people were OK — 99% of them would say yes to a facade picture,” he said, adding they typically wouldn’t mind his presence, as long as he didn’t take photos of Dancers or patrons?
“Some would think that it was a bit strange, some would be really excited about it and give me their business card to send me the picture when it was done,” “He said”
Prost’s biggest surprise was the way that he responded to it. “normalized” strip clubs The world around us is filled with a variety of things. In his book, he describes the events that led to this. “The relationship that Americans seem to have with strip clubs is quite different to what you see in Europe. Going to a strip club seems to be a lot more normalized … You go as a couple, or amongst friends at night to have fun.”
The man was hit by a car, as an example. the It is so many Las Vegas strip clubs doubled as restaurants — with many Truck drivers and construction workers can enjoy happy hours, special buffets or discounts.
“I noticed a few strip clubs that would advertise being a strip club and steakhouse, so you could eat a big piece of meat (while) watching strippers. That is also something that seems very American to me,” He said adding: “I heard from some people I met in Portland there are even strip clubs (that offer) vegan food.”
There are jokes on the facades. “My sex life is like the Sahara, 2 palms, no dates” The puns are clever, such as Bottoms Up and Booby Trap. Prost’s documentarian approach heightens the signs’ surreal comedy. It also serves as a neutral camera. through Viewers can form their own opinions about the The following is a list of possible objections of women.
Focusing on the details the faceless dancing bodies of The female silhouettes are a great way to show off your femininity. the quintessential “girls girls girls” signs, “Gentleman’s Club” explores the Commodity of women who are, in reality, completely absent in Prost’s works (an The observation is reflected the book’s title, which is a phrase that crops up numerous times on signs throughout his photographs). The strip clubs He was a market woman who sold things that were to be eaten. the many Names with food themes an Read the advertisement “1,000’s of beautiful girls & three ugly ones.”
Prost is planning to travel to Japan for his next project. the nation’s love hotels, which occupy a similar role as strip clubs In some parts of the US: reveal secrets to a conservative culture But the photographer You can also find out more about the He visited American establishments which have a unique perspective on America the country — something that is less about sexuality and more about the American dream.
He said that his project had shown him: “As long as you’re successful in terms of business, (it doesn’t matter) if your activity deals with sex.”
“Gentlemen’s Club” Between March 17th and April 15th, 2023, the work will be displayed at Agnes b. Galerie Boutique Tokyo. The bookFisheye Editions has published a new book, titled.