Jane Hilton has been photographing the expansive American Western landscape since 2006. Her 2010 Dead Eagle Trail captured the wide-open spaces of cowboy country as she documented the cowboy lifestyle where the landscape is at the core. The cowboys were photographed in their own homes, which they have filled with accoutrements of their heritage and culture. They exhibit an impulse to collect and preserve their way of life as the ranches struggle to survive.
Hilton first encountered Madam Kitty’s Cathouse in 1998. In 2000 she was commissioned by the BBC to make ten documentary films in this brothel and the Moonlite Bunnyranch, both situated in Nevada, USA. For her 2013 exhibition ‘Precious’ Hilton returned to the brothels of Nevada to create intimate nude portraits of working girls from the only state in America where prostitution is legal. The women are all from different cultural backgrounds and the variety of ages and body shapes represented challenge the traditional idea of beauty. Jane was privileged to stay in many of the brothels during this project and the trust and friendship this engendered is clear in the portraits.
Jane Hilton, photographer and filmmaker lives in London. Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘Precious’ (2013), Eleven Fine Art, London and Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York. ‘Dead Eagle Trail’ (2011), Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, LUX Gallery, Amsterdam, and Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton (2011). Her work was featured in Knock Knock, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings (2013), Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, The National Portrait Gallery, London and The Art Gallery, Walsall (2010). Her documentary photography has been featured in major printed publications including The Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Observer.