Three Belmond destinations celebrated in pictures at Photo London 2024

At Photo London 2024, Belmond presents new ‘As Seen By’ books, as photographers Coco Capitán, Letizia Le Flur and Rosie Marks capture unique images of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, and hotels in Amalfi and Cape Town

Rosie Marks photo of a man cleaning a pool at Belmond Mount Nelson hotel
(Image credit: Rosie Marks)

Celebrated at Photo London 2024, three new photography books offer a quirky, behind-the-scenes insight into three luxurious Belmond hotels and escapes – the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the Caruso Hotel on Italy’s Amalfi coast, and Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. In line with the LVMH-owned hospitality group’s sponsorship of the photography fair (16-19 May), images from the latest books in Belmond's As Seen By series take over the Portico Rooms at Somerset House, the venue’s second-largest gallery space. 

The exhibition is an exciting display of work by photographers Coco Capitán, Letizia Le Fur and Rosie Marks, captured during their respective experiences at a Belmond destination. The images reflect their individual photographic approaches, but also their personal fascination with travel and the properties they have documented. 

See a new side to three Belmond hotels and escapes

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express by Coco Capitán

Orient Express and staff member in uniform with umbrella

(Image credit: Photography by Coco Capitán)

‘You stare through the train window, and that place where you are is both the same and not the same to the one you were a minute ago,’ wrote the London-based Spanish photographer Coco Capitán of one of her many gazing-out-the-window sessions during her time at the Belmond Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Capitán’s photography is renowned for its spontaneity and precision, capturing beautiful, fleeting moments that would have otherwise vanished into the ether.

‘The power of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is undeniable. It is shrouded in mystery and glamour, very much like Agatha Christie’s novel [Murder on the Orient Express]. I aimed to portray a contemporary and updated vision while staying true to its lavish essence. Coming from a non-upper-class background, I sought to bring a down-to-earth experience to my images. The goal was to normalise the journey without neglecting the luxury of the Belmond experience. Having familiar faces around helped me achieve that sense of naturalness,’ Capitán tells Wallpaper*.

coco capitan

(Image credit: Photography by Coco Capitán)

‘I have always loved travelling by train. There’s something about the old-world charm of analogue transport methods that appeals to me more than airports or planes, which always seem too crowded. What’s more inspiring than sitting on a train and gazing out the window? Time stands still, and you get transported to another world.

What I loved most about the experience was the sense of being at home on the move. Riding on a luxury train is such a unique experience because it feels like being in a five-star hotel on wheels. The bar was my favourite spot, with its unique moody atmosphere. I would sip on an espresso martini and play a table game to get myself pumped up for the night ahead.’

Staff member sits at dining table on Orient Express

(Image credit: Photography by Coco Capitán)

Men in pyjamas drink tea in bed aboard Orient Express

(Image credit: Photography by Coco Capitán)

Caruso Amalfi Coast by Letizia Le Fur

Bare chested man wipes face with towel with blue sky backdrop

(Image credit: Photography by Letizia Le Fur)

Letizia Le Fur describes Belmond Caruso as a ‘place where even the stones seem to whisper secrets to the ear of the sun’. The French photographer, who graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in France in 1998 and first trained as a painter, has a distinctive visual style that goes beyond what meets the eye. Her visceral photography shows a whole new side to this property on the Amalfi Coast: one that feels otherworldly and enchanting.

During her time at Caruso, Le Fur sought to capture the timeless essence of the Amalfi Coast. ‘I wanted each image to feel like a small window open to a world full of mysteries,’ she says.

'The air is filled with romance, and the property exudes the most vibrant colours. Caruso Amalfi Coast has a palpable history that hangs in the air like an invitation to dance with the past – it’s as if every street corner has its own story to tell. I found myself immersed in this lively theatre of the Mediterranean.’

Lemons in ornate sink with tap flowing

(Image credit: Photography by Letizia Le Fur)

View from caruso hotel on amalfi coast

(Image credit: Photography by Letizia Le Fur)

Chandelier at belmond caruso hotel

(Image credit: Photography by Letizia Le Fur)

Mount Nelson Hotel Cape Town by Rosie Marks

British photographer Rosie Marks brought her inquisitive eye to Belmond’s Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. In her series of photographs, she takes on the role of an observer, capturing the day-to-day moments of the hotel and its staff: a black cat caught in the act of stealing a cookie from a laid tea table, the newspaper break of one of the gardeners, the first person to cause a splash in the pool on a sunny day: Marks’ photography is sincere, energetic and evocative.

‘I wanted to document the hotel as it really is – closer to what I experienced while staying there than the perfected pictures one might see online,’ says Marks. 

‘I was inspired while observing the unique rhythms and rituals of the hotel – how the light moves throughout the day, how the landscape changes depending on the clouds, the house cat and ducks wandering freely – as well as the guests, some of whom have been coming back for decades and have a daily routine, moving between areas of the hotel in a similar way to the ducks.’

Cat on afternoon tea table

(Image credit: Photography by Rosie Marks)

man reads newspaper on hotel lawn

(Image credit: Photography by Rosie Marks)

waiter pours tea in hotel garden

(Image credit: Photography by Rosie Marks)

woman's legs in air as she does handstand in hotel pool

(Image credit: Photography by Rosie Marks)

Read more about Belmond’s As Seen By photobooks by Coco Capitán, Rosie Marks and Letizia Le Fur at The series is published by RVB Books and available from

Travel Editor

Sofia de la Cruz is the Travel Editor at Wallpaper*. She was born in Madrid, Spain but moved to London when she was 14 years old. Being exposed to the city’s creative pulse at such a young age shaped her into the inquisitive professional she is today. Before joining the Wallpaper* team in 2023, she worked for Hypebae and Hypebeast UK, where she focused on the intersection of art, fashion, and culture. Additionally, she contributed to Futurevvorld by covering a variety of sustainability topics.