Robert Polidori


Robert Polidori is not only one of the world’s preeminent architecture photographers, but also a master of urban portraiture. Polidori has made haunting studies of bombed-out buildings in Beirut, decaying New York tenements, the Palais de Versailles rooms in dusty disarray, Brasília’s paean to spare ‘50s modernism, and, most recently, the abandoned, contaminated cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat. Taken together, they add to his ongoing project: the interpretation of the interrupted urban landscape.                          (from

Robert Polidori was born in Montréal in 1951 and lives in New York City. His work has been shown in Paris, Brasilia, New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, among other places. A staff photographer of The New Yorker, Polidori has received numerous honors, including a World Press Award for his coverage of the building of the Getty Museum and two Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards for his work in Havana and Brasilia. His major solo exhibitions include a mid-career retrospective at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, and his work is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

An interview with Robert Polidori can be read here - BOMB magazine