Saturday, June 9, 2007

Robert Polidori's Metropolis

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain (1997)

As a photographer of architectural forms, Polidori's work is some of the most interesting around. Architecture has long been a subject of many photographers with most looking to idealise the architectural form. However, what interests me about Polidori's work is his unique approach towards the representation of buildings, he avoids the 'picture-postcard' photograph, showing a truthful realism of each building he captures. The Guggenheim Museum provides a great example of this - where other photographers eradicate the suburban concrete warehouses and old train tracks, Polidori incorporates such features into his work. This creates a feeling of a deeper understanding of each building he adopts as a subject, expressing its characteristics, vunrabilities and it's relationship with the adjacent environment.

The new book 'Robert Polidori's Metropolis' is well worth a look at if this style of photography appeals as well as 'Havana' and his photographs of Chrenobyl.

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