Adam Patterson

USA, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Captain Clark Camping was born in Las Vegas in 1970. Back then, the city had a population of 125,000 people. Now it has over 2.2 million. Clark started in the construction industry like many of his generation before joining the fire service in 1998. For the last two years he's been with Firestation 11 on Las Vegas Boulevard - one of the busiest stations in the United States. With Las Vegas being a 24 hour city, they attend to anywhere between 20 to 50 calls a day, responding to chemical incidents, motor crashes as well as fires. Every morning the firefighters are expected to go to the Mandalay Bay hotel and run the steps of it's 60 floors, 3 times, so that they are fit enough should they have to do it in an emergency. Some of the hotels have 5000 employees and around 15,000 visitors inside the hotel at any one time.
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?'

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Adam Patterson
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USA, Las Vegas, Nevada
Country
USA
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5000 x 3333 pixels
42.33 x 28.22 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.11 inch (300 dpi)
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