Jane Hilton, photographer and filmmaker lives in London. She started out as a classical musician, graduating in 1984 with a BA (Hons) in Music and Visual Art from Lancaster University. Her love of photography brought her to London, working as an assistant for numerous fashion and advertising photographers, before going it alone in 1988. Early work included both fashion and editorial alongside her documentary projects, which is the mainstay and passion of her work today.
"My work is about the extraordinary realities of ordinary people's everyday lives, revealing their individual characteristics and ways of being that one so often overlooks."
It was on her first trip to Arizona in 1988, that she discovered an obsession for America and American culture. The contradictions in American society and the American dream is a recurring theme. Her work in Las Vegas is the epitome of this, where the line between fantasy and reality is constantly blurred. The transient nature of Vegas mixed with the incessant gambling philosophy provides a unique breeding ground for characters who live out these contradictions. Her series "Forever Starts Now" on the McDonald's style wedding culture illustrates this.
From proclamations of everlasting happiness in Vegas, Jane hit the empty desert roads of Nevada ending up 350 miles away near Reno, where a roadside brothel called 'Madam Kitty's Cathouse' caught her eye. This chance encounter became a two year project and resulted in a ten-part documentary series for the BBC, "The Brothel / Love For Sale", as well as a series of exhibitions on desert landscapes, pimps and prostitutes.
Inspired by a commission in 2006 to photograph a 17 year old cowboy, Jeremiah Karsten, who travelled 4,000 miles on horseback from his native Alaska to Mexico, Jane set off on her own four year pilgrimage, criss crossing the cowboy states of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming to capture America's 21st century cowboys which culminated in her 2010 book - "Dead Eagle Trail".
For her latest book Jane has returned to the brothels of Nevada. "Precious" is a collection of 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's work is regularly published in The Sunday Times Magazine and The Telegraph Magazine.
2014 (Apr-Jun) From the Road - Eleven Fine Art, London
2014 (Jun-Aug) Jane Hilton's America - Schilt Gallery, Amsterdam
2013 (Jun) Precious - Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York
2013 (May) All Lit Up - Photo Art Fair, London
2013 (Apr) Precious - Eleven Fine Art, London
2013 (Jan) Knock Knock - Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
2012 (Dec-Jan 2013) Christmas Salon - Eleven Fine Art, London
2012 (Jul-Oct) All That I Am - Departure Lounge Gallery, Luton, UK
2012 (Jan-Mar) From the Road - Eleven Fine Art, London
2012 (Dec-Jan) Christmas Salon - Eleven Fine Art, London
2011 (May-Jul) Dead Eagle Trail solo show - Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York
2011 (Feb-Mar) Elusive - Camberwell Space, London
2010 (Dec) Pieces of a Song - HOST Gallery, London
2010 (Sep-Oct) Dead Eagle Trail solo show - LUX Gallery, Amsterdam
2010 (Jul-Sep) Dead Eagle Trail solo show - Crane Kalman Gallery, Brighton
2010 (Apr-Jun) Dead Eagle Trail book launch + solo show - HOST Gallery, London
2010 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize - The Art Gallery, Walsall, West Midlands
2009-2010 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize - The National Portrait Gallery, London
2006 Desert Images - Bella Pollen's 'Midnight Cactus', Whiteleys, London
2003 The Desert - Love for Sale - The Other Cinema, Soho, London
2002 Urban Visions - Flowers East, London
2001 The Magic Hour (Art and Las Vegas) - Neue Gallery, Graz, Austria
2000 Crush - Hoax Gallery, London
1999 Hoax - Hoax Gallery, London
1999 Primervera Fotographica - Portugal
1998 The Whole Year Inn - The Agency of Contemporary Art, London
1996 America - The Association Gallery, London
2012 Telegraph Magazine 'The woman behind the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding dresses' - The real stars of television's Big Fat Gypsy Weddings are Thelma Madine's jaw-dropping dresses
2011 Telegraph Magazine 'After The Gold Rush' - Four years ago Las Vegas was on a roll, its booming casino-led economy funding a raft of increasingly flamboyant new hotels. Then its luck ran out, and the fastest-growing city in the US became America's foreclosure capital.
2010 Telegraph Magazine 'Follow the Bear' - Main feature on Scottish wrestler and his wife who brought up a grizzly bear
2010 8 Magazine (Foto8) "CrossCurrent" Issue 27 - 11 page Main feature of 'Dead Eagle Trail'
2010 NRC Magazine, Amsterdam, 'Wild Amerikaans' Cover Story - Main feature on Jane's book 'Dead Eagle Trail'
2010 Telegraph Magazine 'Once Upon A Time in the West' Cover Story - Main feature on 'Dead Eagle Trail'. 'Their way of life may be in decline but, as a new book of photographs by Jane Hilton shows, America's cowboys are dying with their boots on'
2010 HotShoe Magazine - Jane Hilton 'Dead Eagle Trail' - 10 page feature on Jane's book of cowboy portraits, from the buckaroos of Nevada to the cowpunchers of Arizona and Texas
2010 The Telegraph Magazine 'Crunch Time' Cover Story - on set with Matt Smith, the brand new Doctor Who
2009 The Telegraph Magazine 'Medium Waves' Cover Story - Chris Evans, a revolutionary talent seemingly always on the brink of self destruction prepares to slip into Terry Wogan's old slippers at BBC Radio 2
2009 The Telegraph Magazine's 'Don't Stop the Music' Cover Story - Jamie Cullum, from collaborating with Clint Eastwood to getting engaged to Sophie Dahl, has had a life changing year as his much anticipated third album is released, he talks about love, ignoring the critics and mix tapes
2009 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Renu Mehta' - the new It girl who has raised millions of pounds for charities described as being like 'the love child of Gandhi and Princess Di'
2008 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Andrea Boccelli' Cover Story - The Knight at the Opera who inherited Pavarotti's title as the world's greatest voice
2008 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Max Clifford' - Britain's most successful PR man
2008 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Where your money went' - returning to see where the donations went for the children who spend their lives looking after ill and disabled parents
2008 The Telegraph Magazine 'Changing Man' Cover Story - Paul Weller turns 50, once the angry man of pop, now mellowed but his passion for music remains undimmed
2007 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Silent Carers' Cover Story - about young children who miss out on childhood while they look after their parents. Christmas Appeal for 2007
2007 The Telegraph Magazine 'Ancient and Modern' - the youngest choristers of St. Pauls Cathedral School
2007 The Telegraph Magazine 2007 'Hit Parade' - story of Ricky Hatton preparing for the biggest fight of his life
2007 The Telegraph Magazine 'Top Notch' - former head girls aged 19yrs to 70yrs are asked if being a head girl led them to success
2007 The Telegraph Magazine 'A Winning Formula' Cover Story - Lewis Hamilton, our new star of motor racing
2007 The Telegraph Magazine 'New Perspectives' - Seven leading photographers in their field shoot an image of the new Ford Mondeo car. Jane shoots the Art Photograph
2006 The Telegraph Magazine 'Strictly Playroom' Cover Story - Toddlers and children following competitive ballroom dancing
2006 The Times Magazine 'Wandering Star' - youngest cowboy, aged 19, to cross the US from Alaska to Mexico on horseback
2004 The Observer Magazine 'Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside' - portraits of Billy Childish, Emma Hope, Raffaela Barker, Edina Ronay and The Love Gods
2004 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Ryan's Slaughter' Cover Story - Michael O'Leary of Ryan Air
2004 The Sunday Times Magaszine 'Hug A Thug' Cover Story - Troubled toddlers growing up in Birkenhead, Liverpool
2003 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Love For Sale' - feature on Nevada Brothels and the documentary series "Love for Sale" for the BBC
2003 The Sunday Times Magazine 'The Life of an Extra' - feature on the professional lives of extras on set of the BBC period drama 'He knew he was right'
2001 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Anthea Turner' Cover Story - Spoof of celebrity culture
2000 The Observer Life Magazine 'Vegas Valentines' - Valentines Day in Las Vegas
2000 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Mean Streets' - World Monopoly Championships in Toronto, Canada
2000 IT Magazine 'X is for X-Rated' - images from Madame Kitty's Fantasy Ranch
2000 Observer Life Magazine 'Electric Avenue' - Christmas Houses in Texas
2000 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Queen of Sex and Anne Summers' - feature about Jacqueline Gold, owner of Ann Summers Empire
2000 Nova Magazine 'Vegas Notions' - photographs conceived and executed in Las Vegas of characters lit up in fairy lights
1999 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Oscar and Dorinda' Cover Story - Welsh chambermaid Dorinda McCann attending the Oscars in Hollywood
1999 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Mammys Boys' - feature on the Irish Batchelor Festival in Ballybunion
1999 Observer Life Magazine 'Different Strokes' - picture led story on customised golf carts in Palm Springs
1998 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Stranger in a Strange Land' - cover story about Dorinda McCann's first road trip in America
1997 Scene Magazine 'Made In Vegas' - picture led story from 'Forever Starts Now' series
1997 The Sunday Times Magazine 'Fear and Betrothing' - picture led story featuring images of weddings in Las Vegas from 'Forever Starts Now' series
Love for Sale - ten documentary films made for the BBC, based in two brothels just outside Carson City, Nevada
The Minister's Story - Ministers share their stories of marriages they've conducted in Las Vegas. This was shown at "The Magic Hour" Exhibition in Graz