BORN IN MONTREAL, CANADA 1951
CURRENTLY 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. His ‘Dendritic Cities’ captures the rampant and spectacular growth that has appeared in the last decades in cities such as Amman, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro. Photographs from Hotel Petra 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. His most recent photographs from the Convento di San Marco in Florence capture the solemnity and sheer force of the 15th Century frescos by Fra Angelico.
Polidori was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for photography in 2020. 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.
For more information on Robert Polidori, please contact [email protected] or call the gallery at (212) 563-4474.