12/12/2016 - 01/08/2017
Valley of the Meadows is inspired by a side of Las Vegas that existed in the tumultuous era of the mid-1970s and early-1980s. In this project I explore the tensions of a place where an amplified sense of desperation, loneliness, and violence all exist in tandem with power, sexuality and good fortune. It’s a place where the consequences and cruelty of life are played out daily. It is a place that is as seductive as it is repellent.
Geoffrey Ellis is a photographer who went to school to be a graphic designer. He publishes photo-zines and books, loves road trips, collecting junk, and making pictures.
He is co-founder of the Vegas Vernacular Project, founder of the Las Vegas Camera Club and was a recipient of the 2007 James D. Phelan Art Award in photography. In 2013 he earned an MFA in photography from the University of Hartford Art School.
He has lived in southern California, all over Florida, Memphis, San Jose and Las Vegas. He currently resides in San Francisco and has a beautiful son and daughter and a lot of stuff.