The Eyes Have It

19 Jan

If there is another photographer like Canadian born Robert Polidori, I look forward to discovering and viewing their work. Which is to most emphatically opine that Polidori is a true original. A staff photographer for the New Yorker he is nominally labeled an architectural photographer —which is like saying Miles Davis was a jazz trumpeter. True, but not very informative.

His previous books have focused on such wonders as Havana` (Havana),Russian nuclear disaster sites Pripyat and Chernobyl (Zones of Exclusion),post Katrina New Orleans (After the Flood)Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Bucharest, Las Vegas, Dubai, and Chandigarh(Metropolis) and a 25 year time lapse documentation of the restoration of Versaiilles (Parcours Muséologique Revisité).

Now comes Some Points in Between… Up Till Now (Steidl) in modern parlance a kind of greatest hits drawing from his previous monographs and unpacked to some degree by Paulette Gagnon, Director of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal . I wouldn’t think it was easy to select the images reproduced in this slim (I92 pages) book but they are, at the least, of Polidori’s genius and per usual for this fine art publisher, well reproduced and thoughtfully laid out.

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