by Whit Wagner
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Late Check-Out is a selection of photographs by photographer Whit Wagner of Los Angeles's late, great Ambassador Hotel. Whit explains the project:
My first serious photographic pursuit was an attempt to document the massive (and empty) Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. What followed was a three year quest to gain access to the property culminating in a trip through the hotel's interior on the "Final Public Tour" in March 2005.
In the interim, the grounds were photographed from various off-property locations and the resort's transformation from forgotten to demoliton-ready in the span of two years is fully documented.
The result of this journey are the images on my site and my book Late Check-Out. Culled from hundreds of photographs, they cover every accessible inch of the fourteen-acre property.