Commission: Hotel shoot of Falaknuma Palace for Taj in Hyderabad, India
Among all the web sites and articles I have been commissioned to shoot for luxury hotels this one was in a league of its own. I started photographing this property as soon as Taj negotiated with the owners to convert it from the former home of the last Nizam of Hyderabad into a luxury hotel then returned several times until it opened in 2010. Perched 2000 feet above the city is a crazy blend of Renaissance, Baroque and Italianate architecture, packed to the rafters with Venetian chandeliers, frescoes, sweeping staircases and objets d’art. Taj have skilfully managed to create a fantastical 60 room hotel rather than a museum piece.