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"Often considered an architectural photographer, Robert Polidori 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 faades."

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A wide-ranging collection of images by the widely exhibited New York-based photographer who focuses on cycles of construction, stasis, and decay in cities and buildings throughout the world --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl; Slp Blg edition (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3865217028
  • ISBN-13: 978-3865217028
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 16.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The publisher of this book clearly went out of their way to create a work of art as fine as the palace they depict. The materials of this composition are of a type rarely seen in publishing. The fine cloth bindings, the pastel colors, the quality photographic reproduction--the book is a statement of the best of the craft.

The work of the author too is an inspiration: it shows the renovation of a part of Versailles, truly a behind the seen view not seen since the palace was visited by the various kings and queens who oversaw its initial construction.

It is an historical documentation with a wry expression of insight: by the photographer, by the publisher, and by those of the conservators maintaining the heritage of France. Each rely on the other to accomplish--brilliantly--this 3 volume set of books well worth the price.

For those collecting fine books but also as a legacy to be passed down or on to those who love exquisite books.
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This is one of the most beautiful collection of books. There are three seperate volumes and they are together in a slip-case. Overall a wonderful presentation. Steidl Publishers creates small, readable works of art!

The quality of the photography reproductions is not to be topped. In addition each photograph is identified by location and date- which helps to see the transformation/changes that took place at Versailles over the years. The photographs are also not just the beautiful State Rooms of French Royalty; we are also taken on a journey through the back halls, staircases and other inaccessible places throughout the palace complex- an amazing journey.

A must have for readers interested in France, Versailles, history, decoration, arts, etc.
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A beautiful meditation on history, time, and memory. You may not like every image, but you will surely find some images amazing, beautiful, or haunting, or all of the above. These are not easy, National Geographic type of travel shots. You will need to linger over them, and go back to them from time to time. Knowledge of the actual historical events -- Louis XIV, the French Revolution -- also helps. An truly wonderful collection.

The actual photographs, which you can see in museums, galleries and auction houses, are even more impressive: http://www.yatzer.com/robert-polidori-versailles.
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By Pythagoras on February 28, 2010
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Polidori is a consummate craftsman. This set of volumes is no exception. His penchant for revealing the ephemerality of human artifacts is given a unique twist here. Unlike the abandoned Chernobyl or languishing Havana, here we are shown the slow and constantly managed decay of one of the great works of recent centuries. It will be impossible to venture into a museum again, especially one with as much traffic as Versailles (such as the Louvre, the Metropolitan, the Uffizi...) and not wonder at the endeavor. The one thing I would have liked to see is a set of plans to key to the photos, which would have helped to understand the spatial sequence (the architect's point of view).
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