Rita Barros has lived in New York City at the Hotel Chelsea since 1980. For three decades Barros has documented her neighbors, home, and the creative environment of the hotel, encapsulating the diverse and bohemian life that has evolved there through her book 15 Years: Chelsea Hotel. Her work has appeared in such publications as Newsweek, NY Times, Vogue, ELLE, and NY Magazine and has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in New York, Brazil, Cuba, Portugal, London, and Paris.