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Robert Polidori: Hotel Petra


Robert Polidori: Hotel Petra

Interior shots of an abandoned hotel in Beirut, once a grand icon of the city’s prewar history

This book is Robert Polidori’s portrait of the interiors of the now demolished Hotel Petra in Beirut, a grand icon of the city’s prewar history. The Hotel Petra was once one of the most popular hotels in Beirut, conveniently located in the city center adjacent to the Grand Theatre. After the Lebanese Civil War of 1975–90, Rafiq al-Hariri founded a holding company, Solidere, whose goal was the selective demolition and reconstruction of downtown Beirut’s urban fabric. In 1992 the Hotel Petra was set aside for later restoration, and from that moment essentially cut off from any human intervention.

Polidori gained access to this site in 2010, and was transfixed by what he discovered: “It’s truly rare to find examples of such undisturbed decomposition,” he explains. “Usually the normal wear and tear of human traffic would violate and destroy the surfaces of such a delicate ecosystem of layered paint. I came to view these walls as a living process of slow decay whose end effect closely resembled the concerns of many contemporary abstract painters … only in this case their genesis was not fixed or intentional, but the gradual summation of several painters and workmen modifying the wall surfaces at different points in time ... I was quite taken by their beauty and was moved to photograph them for posterity.”

Featured image is reproduced from 'Robert Polidori: Hotel Petra.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Wall Street Journal

Stephen Wallis

Polidori's images, some of which stand six feet high, are ravishing mediations on the concepts of transience and decay, the cracked and peeling walls revealing layers of history.

Musee Magazine

Hotel Petra, is filled with all kinds of sharp and detailed images that catalog the decay of the space that’s happened over the past 18 years...Now demolished, the book “Hotel Petra,” is one of the only ways to appreciate the greatness of this hotel and the history it once held.

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