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Robert Polidori: Parcours Museologique Revisiteby Robert Polidori
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In Parcours Museologique Revisite Robert Polidori delivers a sublime photographic tract on architectural revisionism by charting the decades-long conservation project at Versailles. One of the world's largest palaces, and a symbol of absolute monarchy in France, Versailles is a supremely apropos building through which to address matters of revisionism, having been subjected to four building campaigns (between 1664 and 1697) by Louis XIV alone, and several modifications since.
So what does restoring a room really entail? Does restoration intend the precise recreation of what once was? And if so, how much creativity goes into determining a room's original condition? The curatorial decisions steering this project inevitably betray political and aesthetic affiliations that have morphed over the course of the restoration, and Polidori has been in attendance to record them. Photographed over a period of 25 years, the ever-evolving phases of Versaille's grandeur are here laid bare for the reader to decode and admire.
Robert Polidori was born in Montreal in 1951 and lives in New York City. His work has been shown in Paris, Brasilia, New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis among many other places. A staff photographer for the New Yorker, Polidori has received numerous honors, including a World Press Award for his coverage of the construction of the Getty Museum and two Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards for his work in Havana and Brasilia. His bestselling books Havana, Zones of Exclusion: Pripyat and Chernobyl and After the Flood are published by Steidl.
Polidori delivers a sublime photographic tract on architectural revisionism by charting the decades-long conservation project at Versailles. Photographed over a period of 25 years, the ever-evolving phases of Versailles' grandeur are here laid bare for the reader to decode and admire.
A wide-ranging collection of images by renowned photographer Robert Polidori is showcased to great effect in this Stern Portfolio. Haunting cityscapes of Shanghai and Brasilia are included, along with photographs that reveal the social life beneath the patina of Havana's old quarter and imbue the city with its distinctive identity. Also included are Polidori's disturbing yet stunning pictures from the abandoned region around Chernobyl 15 years after the nuclear plant was destroyed there. By contrast, the chapter on Versailles highlights the restoration of faded aristocratic elegance. On the surface, this Canadian-born, New York-based photographer's subjects are buildings but his real interest is habitat. He focuses his camera on the remnants and traces of the living he finds left in backrooms, in solitary corridors, and worn on naked facades to set up surprising contrasts and unique perspectives. In doing so, he succeeds in capturing the true essence of a place and, in his masterful compositions, the inner lives of people and their memories spring to life and unfold before our eyes.
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