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On the public privacy and fleeting intimacy of hotel rooms.

Hotels thrust their occupants into a state of limbo even as they serve as a bulwark from the outside world. They can be both a welcome refuge and unsettlingly cold; homelike in their decor but cell-like in that what is there is often nailed down, and certainly not yours to keep. If part of a large chain, the rooms appear similar regardless of location, as Swiss photographer Roger Eberhard reveals in his photographic study Standard which showcases the unnerving sameness

  • Words:
    Charles Shafaieh
  • Photograph:
    Eric Lafforgue

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  • Words:
    Charles Shafaieh
  • Photograph:
    Eric Lafforgue
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