Robert Polidori

“My intention in photographing these images was to make an aesthetic statement, postulating a kind of parallel inverse of  “trompe l’oeil” painting, inasmuch as in that kind of art, where a painter attempts to make highly illusionistic renditions of surfaces that exist in the world, and to do so with such a masterful skill that the viewer is at first fooled into thinking that the surface he sees is an actual virtual object or surface. With these images I photographed painterly surfaces and reproduced them in such a way that at first glance they seem to be actually painted. In the last 30 or so years I have witnessed and heard many artists who claim they merely “use photography” in their art, sometimes I perversely think of myself as a photographer who, in contrast, “uses art”.”


Robert Polidori is one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers of architecture and urban environments. His career began in the mid-1980s after he won permission to document the restoration of the Chateaux de Versailles, a project that has continued for 30 years. He has also photographed Havana, Chernobyl, and New Orleans after the flooding post Hurricane Katrina.

His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum, Berlin, and Instituto Moreira Salles.

Among the numerous public collections including his work are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria and Albert, London; and Bibliotheque National,

Hotel Petra No. 7, 2010
Aqueous Inkjet on Parrot Angelica Universal Photomatte Paper mounted to Dibond
50 x 60 inches
10 + 2APS