Robert Polidori. Havana

Robert Polidori. Havana
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Edited by Elizabeth Culbert. Essay by Eduardo Luis Rodriguez. Photographs by Robert Polidori.

Gottingen. Steidl. 2003. Third edition, first published in 2001. Hardback, dust jacket. 124 pages. Colour plates throughout. 310 x 395mm (12 x 15"). 2.2kg. 3882433337. English. Fine.

'Robert Polidori, often considered an architectural photographer, is in fact a photographer of habitat. On the surface his subjects are buildings, but at the core his lens is focused on the remnants and traces of living he finds scattered in hallways, left in back rooms and worn on facades. Havana is a particularly rich setting for Polidori's inquiries. The curves and columns that line the streets refer to past eras and speak of the political, social and economic forces that have driven the city to its present condition. Through his rigorous and sensitive examination - facilitated by a sense of colour and composition that makes his photographs feel like vivid memories - Polidori delicately peels away the patina of daily living and reveals the juxtapositions that create a city's identity. In this city the pedlar lives where the countess once resided; children dance and tumble where merchants conducted their business. Each photograph is a discovery and a fragment of the city's biography.' (from the publisher's description).