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Behind the Scenes at Mandarin Oriental

A fascinating series of photographs commissioned by Olympus captures the colleagues of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London as they go about their day-to-day duties


Capturing a moment in the hotel's gym

Capturing a moment in the hotel's gym

A Mandarin Oriental doorman viewing his own portrait at the exhibition

A Mandarin Oriental doorman viewing his own portrait at the exhibition

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, the world-famous Olympus brand commissioned London-based international photographer John Nassari to take a series of 80 behind-the-scenes pictures at a leading luxury hotel. Their choice of exclusive partner? The iconic Knightsbridge landmark Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.

The first collection of its kind for any London hotel, the project has seen John Nassari spend the past 10 months at Mandarin Oriental, having been granted access to all departments to capture moments of everyday hotel life. The images, in either vivid colour or poignant black and white, include the breakfast chef serving the first order of the day, a waiter patiently awaiting guests at the Rosebery Lounge, a concierge adjusting a colleague's tie, an engineer inspecting seals on pipes, staff sharing a joke in the kitchen, and finance rushing to get through payments before the end of the day. 

At the hotel's 80 at 80 book and exhibition launch

At the hotel's 80 at 80 book and exhibition launch

It's a rare opportunity for Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London to showcase not only their front of house activities, but to also highlight and applaud those who are employed behind the scenes and form the backbone of the hotel. The combined photographs paint a moving picture of how the various departments work in harmony to create the legendary service synonymous with the Mandarin Oriental brand globally.

John Nassari (right) and a Mandarin Oriental colleague with the book at the launch party

John Nassari (right) and a Mandarin Oriental colleague with the book at the launch party

Nassari's reportage style of photography is mesmerising, and following a launch event held in the Ballroom of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London last week, all 80 of his images for this anniversary project are on display at the Art Bermondsey Project Space in a two-week installation entitled 80 at 80. Alternatively, guests of the hotel can view the photographs in a beautifully bound book that will be available in-room. 

 

80 at 80Portraits of the Mandarin Oriental' is at Art Bermondsey Project Space, 183-185 Bermondsey Street, London SE1, from 3 to 7 May

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