Mack Moore, in his 80's, started off his working career in funeral homes and cemeteries. Both he and his wife had a desire to move to Las Vegas and in 1997 he bought 80 acres of land outside Beaty, Nevada. 79 acres were a ranch but the other acre contained a 100 year old brothel, called Angel's Ladies. Mack ended up running the brothel and has eight girls working there. Prostitution in Las Vegas proper is illegal, but many visitors on the convention circuit will head into the desert and across county lines to find the legal brothels. In 2005 the brothel had 4,500 customers.
Posing the simple question to their subjects: 'What does Las Vegas mean to you?' photographers Adam Patterson and Greg Funnell collaborated on a project that sought to discover if the American Dream was still a plausible notion. They choose Las Vegas as their microcosm as there they found the extremes of western capitalism. It is a 24 hour city that sees 150,000 people pass through its airport every day on their way to sample its proffered pleasures: gaming, entertainment and hospitality. However, in contrast to its bright lights there exists a shadow city that is the ninth most dangerous in America (31st largest by population) and has had the country's highest unemployment rates since 2008. With this in mind the two photographers asked: 'Does America still dare to hope?'