Robert Polidori: Topographical Histories



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Roobert Polidori has been making books at Steidl for over 18 years, and for many of his visits he lodged in an apartment adjacent to the publishing house. To the left of this, at Düstere Straße 6, stands a small humble house, not only the oldest dwelling in Göttingen but, dating back to 1310, one of the oldest half-timbered houses in all of Germany. Miraculously never demolished over the centuries (just altered, repaired and patched up), it has now been restored by Gerhard Steidl and today houses the Günter Grass Archive, part of the University of Göttingen.Topographical Histories presents Polidori’s 2016 photos of the interior walls of the building, whose glorious crumbling layers-four-teenth-century structures of wattle and daub, clay bricks and plaster, as well as remnants of paint and wallpaper from different centuries-bear witness to living history. Polidori focuses on the subtle colorations and depth and complexity of these surfaces, creating an unconventional, painterly architectural portrait.It is paradoxical but often times it is a necessity for one to lie in order to show the truth. Robert Polidori

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Weight 1055 g
Dimensions 29.4 x 34.6 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 1 July 2019
Number of pages 80
Format Hardback
Dimensions 29.4 x 34.6 cm
Weight 1055 g


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Robert Polidori was born in Montreal in 1951 and today lives in Ojai, California. He received the World Press Photo Award in 1997, the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography in 1999 and 2000, and Communication Arts awards in 2007 and 2008. In 2006 Polidori's acclaimed photos of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His books with Steidl include Havana (2003), Zones of Exclusion-Pripyatand Chernobyl (2003), After the Flood(2006), Parcours Muséologique Revisité(2009), Some Points in Between ... Up TillNow (2010) and Eye and I (2014).