Born in Montreal, Canada 1951
Lives and works in Ojai, California
Robert Polidori is a widely acclaimed photographer, most immediately recognized for his career-spanning work at the Château de Versailles, as well as his photographs of the fading grandeur of Havana and the devastating destruction of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. More recently, he has been working extensively on his ‘Dendritic Cities’ series, capturing the rampant and spectacular growth that have appeared in the last decades in cities such as Amman, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro. The images in his recent Hotel Petra series illustrate how human interventions and the passing of time are inscribed on the surfaces of walls, and the rooms themselves bear witness to their history.
In 1998 he won the World Press Award, and he has twice won the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography (1999 and 2000). Polidori was a staff photographer for The New Yorker from 1998 - 2006. He has published over 15 photo books with Steidl, most recently Hotel Petra (2016) and 60 Feet Road (2016). These follow the three-volume compilation of his pictures of Versailles, Parcours Muséologique Revisité (2009). The artist’s major solo exhibitions include a mid-career retrospective at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Fotografias at the Instituto Moreira Salles, and After the Flood at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2006. His work is held in numerous collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.