“The Island Hotel…”


This is a pinhole photo from a paper negative of our Island Hotel. The print is part of my Japanese Stab Binding book.

There are some wonderful back stories about this place. One of my favorite quotes is from a 1973 article in the National Geographic in which the then owner, Bessie Gibbs is quoted as saying “…Last week…there were eight Ph.D’s in this hotel escaping , escaping. Eight. People from the top drawer.” “Some with no drawers at all.” A 1982 newspaper article quotes Bessie as saying that “…Pearl Buck frequented the hotel…,as did Dag Hammarskjold…and actor Richard Boone,” who was then famous for his role in the TV series Have Gun – Will Travel.

About christian harkness

Photographer and printmaker; living and working in north Florida.
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