If these walls could talk... An empty hotel room speaks volumes, and few New York landmarks say as much with their silence as the legendary Hotel Chelsea. In its bohemian heyday, the Chelsea was of course home to the likes of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Charles Bukowski, and Allen Ginsberg, to name but a few. And now, a new book of photographs document the hotel's final days before the guest rooms were destroyed for renovation.
When the hotel closed in 2011, photographer Victoria Cohen shot haunting images of empty guest rooms, pre-renovation. The simple photographs capture that elusive moment between glamour and decay, while the quiet void of the rooms suggests the slow, sad end of an era. The lovely book, simply called Hotel Chelsea, is out this month on Pointed Leaf Press. The prints will also be on view at Third Streaming Gallery from September 17 through October 29.