OPEN-DOOR POLICY

THE BALTIMORE SUN

THERE IS SOMETHING MYSTERIOUS ABOUT HAVING AN ENORMOUS OLD door open as you approach it from the street. Something mysterious but pleasant, once you realize there is a person on the other side inviting you in. Doormen seem to be a vanishing breed in this age of cost-cutting and no-frills service. I was interested in documenting some of these helping hands before they completely disappear. As I sought them out, I discovered other types of doormen. Doormen who monitor access to private clubs and restricted places. You can get a pretty good idea of what to expect of a place by the type of reception you get at the entrance. The doorman can serve as a barrier or a one-person welcoming committee. These are some of the people manning the doors of Baltimore.

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