First name: Robert
Country of origin: Canada
Subtheme: Environment, Order and chaos, Society, On the run
Robert Polidori (Canada, 1951) began his career in 1970s avant-garde film. He subsequently turned his attention increasingly to photography and worked for several years for The New Yorker magazine. In 1998 he won the World Press Award for Art for his photos about the building of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In 1999 and 2002 he won the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography in the category architecture. Polidori regularly exhibits in the United States and Europe.
The photo series After the Flood (2006) is about the impact of hurricane Katrina in 2005 on the Southeastern United States. Polidori visited New Orleans several times to photograph the devastation and flooding Katrina caused. His poignant, unstaged photos speak volumes: flooded streets, ruined or washed-away houses, uprooted trees, half-rotted furniture, cars leaning against houses like buttresses, debris. The photos reveal a desolate calm: the fount of the world’s most destructive forces, Man, is no longer present.