ISBN: 3882433337

ISBN 13: 9783882433333

Authors: Robert Polidori, Elizabeth Culbert

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Robert Polidori, often considered an architectural photographer, is in fact a photographer of habitats. On the surface his subjects are buildings, but at the core his lens is focused on the remnants and traces of lives he finds scattered in hallways, left in back rooms and worn on fa ades.
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 color 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 peddler 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.

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