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See: Three photographers, three visions of Las Vegas

It’s no secret that Las Vegas is a visually stunning city. But sometimes, there’s much more than meets the eye. Here, three of the city’s premier photographers share their unique visions of Las Vegas culture, cuisine and architecture.

  • Cirque du Soleil Dancers by Jerry Metellus
  • Cirque du Soleil Dancers by Jerry Metellus
  • Cirque du Soleil Dancers by Jerry Metellus
  • Cirque du Soleil Dancers by Jerry Metellus
  • Thomas Keller's Bouchon by Sabin Orr
  • Thomas Keller's Bouchon by Sabin Orr
  • Thomas Keller's Bouchon by Sabin Orr
  • Thomas Keller's Bouchon by Sabin Orr
  • Thomas Keller's Bouchon by Sabin Orr
  • Aria Valet Fountain by Christopher SmithLENS: Pinhole FILM: 4x5 Fuji/Chrome Provia 100F SHUTTER SPEED: 8 Seconds F-Stop: 257
  • CityCenter by Christopher SmithLENS: Pinhole FILM: 4x5 Iilford FP4 Plus black & white negative, ISO 125 SHUTTER SPEED: 16 Seconds F-Stop: 257
  • The Venetian by Christopher SmithLENS: Pinhole FILM: 4x5 Iilford FP4 Plus black & white negative, ISO 125 SHUTTER SPEED: 8 Seconds F-Stop: 257
  • The Hotel at Mandalay Bay at Sunrise by Christopher SmithLENS: Pinhole FILM: 4x5 Fuji/Chrome Provia 100F SHUTTER SPEED: 30 minutes F-Stop: 257
  • Mandalay Bay II by Christopher SmithLENS: Pinhole FILM: 4x5 Fuji/Chrome Provia 100F SHUTTER SPEED: 1 minute, 30 seconds F-Stop: 257
  • Meet by Christopher SmithLENS: Pinhole FILM: 4x5 Iilford FP4 Plus black & white negative, ISO 125 SHUTTER SPEED: 16 Seconds F-Stop: 257
  • Lewis and 4th by Christopher SmithLENS: Pinhole FILM: 4x5 Iilford FP4 Plus black & white negative, ISO 125 SHUTTER SPEED: 16 Seconds F-Stop: 257
Cirque du Soleil Dancers by Jerry Metellus1 Cirque du Soleil Dancers by Jerry Metellus2 Cirque du Soleil Dancers by Jerry Metellus3 Cirque du Soleil Dancers by Jerry Metellus4 Thomas Keller's Bouchon by Sabin Orr5 Thomas Keller's Bouchon by Sabin Orr6 Thomas Keller's Bouchon by Sabin Orr7 Thomas Keller's Bouchon by Sabin Orr8 Thomas Keller's Bouchon by Sabin Orr9 Aria Valet Fountain by Christopher Smith10 CityCenter by Christopher Smith11 The Venetian by Christopher Smith12 The Hotel at Mandalay Bay at Sunrise by Christopher Smith13 Mandalay Bay II by Christopher Smith14 Meet by Christopher Smith15 Lewis and 4th by Christopher Smith16
 

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Dancing blues

For this shoot, I invited six Cirque du Soleil dancers for a day of fun, photographic choreography and creativity. I “bathed” them in a blueish light, in addition to changing the white balance, to enhance the blue tones to produce an ethereal feel. I had the dancers show me an improvised movement or a partial choreography, and then I used my dance background to correct, modify and mold the final, critical lines destined for capture.
— Jerry Metellus

Dancers:
Vanessa Reyes-Golding,
Greg Sample, Miguel Perez,
Tina Cannon, Sandrine Mattei
and Jacqui Guimond

 

Now we're cooking

Since late 2008, I’ve been periodically photographing Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in the Venetian hotel-casino. My main goal has been to convey the unseen aspects of fine dining on the Strip: the long hours of hard work and preparation the entire staff puts in — while also maintaining a level of precision that makes the Las Vegas culinary scene so famous. I photograph what the typical dining patron never sees and perhaps never thinks about.

— Sabin Orr



Pinhole wizard

When the idea of a photo issue first came up, I instantly thought of doing a shoot with a pinhole camera. Why go through the trouble in an age of instant photos and digital cameras? Sometimes, slow is more fun: engineering the camera, waiting for the right time to capture the image, processing the film. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t suspense. Relying on my calculations — such as the dimensions of the camera and size of the pinhole, which gave me the base f-stop to set the exposure time — I took each photo with just one exposure, with the hope that when I received the film back, all my math was correct.
— Christopher Smith

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