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Nailya Alexander Gallery presents Precious, an exhibition of fourteen color photographs from Jane Hilton’s recent project documenting working girls in assorted Nevada brothels. The exhibition will run from June 13th through July 13th 2013 at 41 E 57th Street, Suite 704. Gallery hours are from 11am to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday. The opening reception for the artist will be held on June 12th from 6 to 8pm.

In 2000, the BBC commissioned Hilton to make Love for Sale, a series of ten documentaries on Nevada’s legalized prostitution. In 2010, she decided to return with her plate camera to create intimate nude portraits of these girls who represent different cultural backgrounds and a variety of age groups. Hilton visited eleven brothels, including Madam Kitty’s Cathouse and Moonlite Bunny Ranch. She was able to capture her models’ dignity and strength of character while delicately challenging the societal notion of beauty and the stereotypical taboo associated with prostitution. Her entire study and detailed stories are documented in the book with the same title, Precious, which will be released by Schilt Publishing this month.

Jane Hilton, photographer and filmmaker, lives in London. Among her past projects exploring various aspects of American culture are Dead Eagle Trail (2006-2009), God Bless America (1994-2002), and All Lit Up (1999-2000). Jane Hilton’s work can be found in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her photographs are regularly published in The Sunday Times Magazine and The Telegraph Magazine