Claridges: Within the Image

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Claridge’s Within the Image is an intimate, compelling portrait of one of the world’s best loved hotels. Renowned photographer Gemma Levine has spent months capturing the essence of this extraordinary hotel, from the smallest details to the grand scale of Claridge’s architecture, hospitality and the celebrities who are at home there.

Since 1812 Claridge's has been synonymous with timeless elegance – exquisite Art Deco interiors and furnishings, luxurious bedrooms and immaculate service ensure a devoted clientele. As well as portraying this public face of Claridge's, however, the book goes behind the scenes to reveal a glimpse of the often unseen world of doormen and chambermaids, chefs and maintenance staff who help make the spirit of the hotel what it is.

From early in the morning, as deliveries arrive, flowers are prepared and croissants are baked through the bustle of breakfast, lunch and tea to the pop of champagne corks as the evening begins, Gemma Levine's photography conveys all the warmth and excitement of life at Claridge's. For both loyal guests and those who simply enjoy a glimpse of a glamorous world, this sumptuous book offers everyone the opportunity to take a part of the elegance of Claridge's home with them.

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Gemma Levine began her career in 1975. Since that time she has published nineteen collections of her work, ranging from books on sculptor Henry Moore to her more recent portrait collections of famous people in Britain. Her work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery.

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