Morris Lapidus, architect of the Fontainebleau Hotel, the legendary icon located in the heart of Miami’s Millionaire’s Row, once famously quipped, “If you create a stage and it is grand, everyone will play their part.”
Play their parts they did. From the famous to the infamous — James Bond in Goldfinger, Sinatra in A Hole in the Head, The Sopranos, Elvis, Regis & Kelly — all were “in the house.” The Fontainebleau also had the dubious distinction of playing host to the infamous Black Tuna Gang and their burgeoning marijuana trade in the late 70’s.
I had the opportunity to shoot The Bleau Bar for a company that wanted to reflect the grander of the property in order to highlight it as a reward destination for its top performers. The photo was shot in a “camera raw” format that allows for maximum flexibility in post production and minimizes the need for auxiliary lighting.
By the way, the cast of characters in this particular venue at this particular time included Edras Elba (aka Stringer Bell, The Wire), Olympic record-holder, Michael Phelps, and myself.