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Lost in Bogota

The Berlin "Hotel Bogota" at Schlüterstrasse 45, around the corner from the Kurfürstendamm, was founded in 1964 by Heinz Rehwald, a Jewish emigrant, who had fled to Colombia during the Nazi regime and named the hotel after the capital city of his adoptive country.

Rewald opened the Hotel Bogota on the fourth and fifth floor of the building. He bought the entire building in 1967.  

In 1976 the Rissmann family took over the hotel with a total of 123 rooms and eventually made it to a forum for photography, with temporary exhibitions. Until recently the hotel used to be a famous institution in Berlin. It was used as a location for numerous film and photo shoots. Among the prominent guests were regulars such as the renowned Magnum photographer Renee Burri and the British actor Rupert Everett, who was incidentally the name giver for one of the rooms.

On December 15, 2013, the hotel closed.

From Summer 2013 to the end of the year I photographed the vanishing of the hotel.

I staged some of my friends into the curious interior to capture the moment of an ancient place.