Montreal-born photographer Robert Polidori’s photographs have been seen by millions in publications such as Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler, Newsweek, Fortune and The New Yorker, where he was a staff photographer for over ten years. He covered the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the days after its landfall in 2005, a direct hit on New Orleans where he lived for a short time as a child. Virtually destroyed, the low-lying areas of the city were captured with his large format camera, the resulting images enduring long after the city emerged from the ruins.
Polidori received the World Press Photo Award in 1997 and was twice granted the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Magazine Photography (1999, 2000). His works can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Bibliotèque nationale de France (Paris), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Polidori currently lives in New York City.
—Courtesy of Waddington's
Private Collection, Ontario
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
About Robert Polidori
Capturing the specific details of constructed and natural environments, Robert Polidori’s photographs trace the range of human psychology and activity through different spaces. Polidori has captured several facets of human experience, from the excesses of Versailles to the turmoil and tragedy of post-Katrina New Orleans. With each image, he eschews nostalgia and judgment, allowing the sharply focused details of the photograph to communicate particular elements of the subject’s psychology and history. Explaining his interest in interiors and architecture, Polidori has said, “Besides the obvious sheltering from the extremes of the elements, people make rooms to live in as if they are animated by an unconscious desire to return to a prenatal life, or even before that, to a soul life. This is what they exteriorize in rooms, their internal soul life, or less magically put, their personal values, if you will.”
Canadian, b. 1951, Montreal, Canada, based in New York, New York