Robert Polidori, Selected Works
January 18 – April 13, 2014
A public opening with will be held on Gallery Night, Friday, March 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.
One of the world’s most acclaimed photographers of human habitat and environments, Robert Polidori began his illustrious career in the mid-1980s when he won permission to document the restoration of the Château de Versailles. He has since documented sites around the world, with the goal to reveal something that no longer exists—his photographs reflect the world of memories, the relationships between past and present.
The exhibition features photos from several series, including Beirut, Havana, Versailles, Chernobyl and New Orleans. Also, selections from Polidori’s Metropolis project, from cities around the world, and several works from one of his first projects, photographing decaying tenements in New York’s Lower East Side. The common theme in Polidori’s work is human habitat, particularly following disaster or neglect. His photographs capture the dusty grandeur of Castro’s Havana, the legacy of war in Beirut, Lebanon and the devastation inside the Chernobyl nuclear plant and in the nearby town of Pripyet.
Robert Polidori was born in Montreal in 1951. He spent his formative years working with Jonas Mekas at the Anthology Film Archives in New York, an immersion in avant garde film which shaped his approach to photography. His works have been shown across the world, including a retrospective at the Musee d’Art Contemporain in Montreal in 2009 and “After the Flood” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2006. He was a staff photographer for The New Yorker from 1998-2007. He has published eleven books of his works, including After the Flood (2006) with his photos of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and Robert Polidori: Parcours Museologique Revisite (2009), a three-volume retrospective of his work in Versailles during the renovation of the Palace of Versailles. Polidori lives and works in New York City.