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Polidori, Robert (Photographer); Pedersen, Martin C. & Lappin, Criswell (Contributors). ROBERT POLIDORI'S METROPOLIS. Gottingen, Germany: Gerhard Steidl Druckerei Und Verlag/DAP, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 144 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of color photographs. The single best introduction to the photographic art and achievement of Robert Polidori. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Robert Polidori and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Robert Polidori. Essays by Martin C. Pedersen, Criswell Lappin, and Elizabeth Culbert. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Robert Polidori's "Metropolis". The finest and most representative images of one of the most influential photographers of urban places, architectures, and other man-made structures. "Not only is he the world's preeminent architecture photographer, Robert Polidori is also a master of urban portraiture. The Montreal-born photographer has made haunting studies of bombed-out buildings in Beirut, decaying New York tenements, Versailles rooms in dusty disarray, Brasilia's paean to spare 1950's Modernism, and, most recently, the abandoned, contaminated cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat. Taken together, they add to his ongoing project: The interpretation of the interrupted urban landscape. Combines the eye of a celebrated photographer with the distinctive voice of an artist and adventurer. Each breathtaking image, meticulously selected by the photographer from his own personal archive, is accompanied by a compelling first-person account, based on interviews conducted by Martin C. Pedersen. The world's great cities as seen through the eyes of a sharp social observer and a great photographer" (Publisher's blurb). It is not possible to understand the full impact and true meaning of "modernization" and "globalization", abstract macro-concepts, without looking at Robert Polidori's indelible images. An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Polidori collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by Robert Polidori. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 93 color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT POLIDORI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3865210783. $200.00

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