BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Photographer Christopher Sturman takes photos inside empty New York City strip clubs and the results are haunting. The series is: "NYC Strip."
At night, with the lights turned down low except for a spotlight illuminating the half-naked exotic dancers cavorting on stage for dollar bills, male patrons believe that all their carnal dreams can come true.
But Sturman’s unforgiving photographs show that when lights are on, yesterday's enticing pleasure palace filled with beautiful female forms and rivers of champagne is actually a dingy room with besmirched carpets and beat-up, saggy furniture in need of reupholstering.