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Robert Polidori: After the Flood

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In late September 2005, Robert Polidori traveled to New Orleans to record the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina and by the city's broken levees. He found the streets deserted, and, without electricity, eerily dark. The next day he began to photograph, house by house: -All the places I went in, the doors were just open. They had been opened by what I collectively call ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Steidl Dap
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Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: photography, history
Robert Polidori has really captured something here. People have described his work here as therapeutic. Others find it exploitative. There are lots of things you could say. I thought there was a beauty in these ruins. How Polidori photographed New Orleans has real value. I thought about a lot of things while looking through this book, not just "The horror!" There's a whole lot more to it than that and I think his photographs say that too.
Diann Blakely
Polidori’s technical and emotional acquiesence to an abandoned New Orleans’ and its vacant neighborhoods allows him to render a deep stillness probably not felt since Pompeii. There have been many other photography books devoted to New Orleans, and OVER NEW ORLEANS, David King Gleason’s volume of aerial pictures is especially valuable by way of comparison, as is the more on-the-street NEW ORLEANS by Bernard M. Hermann. But neither of these books, as good as they are in their different ways, refl ...more
T P Kennedy
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A super collection of images. The sheer volume of these photographs is almost overwhelming. In almost all of them there's a sense of lives lived and lost. it's an incredible record of the aftermath of catastrophe.
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Le 29 août 2005, le cyclone Katrina s’abattait sur le sud-est des Etats-Unis, détruisant et inondant une grande partie de la ville de la Nouvelle-Orléans. Quand l’eau s’est retirée, le monde entier à vu spectacle inimaginable : des habitations dévastés, les murs moisis jusqu’au plafond, des fauteuils et lits imbibés d’eau, des amas de voiture, des maisons dévastées, des milliers d’arbres couchés, sans compter les cadavres… Une peinture effrayante de la désintégration de la collectivité, du chaos ...more
Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: because-i-care
The contemporary equivalent of wandering through Anasazi ruins, no life left, only the signs of pre-Katrina civilization. Polidori's stark images leave interpreting the human impact to the viewer. My emotional response was to wish I had been there to help restraighten the shoes, wipe the walls, shovel debris and garbage, to put my arm around the person who surely must stand there, momentarily paralyzed by the horror that has happened in their life, and reassure them that I will help-- we will al ...more
Jun 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
Unbelieveably amazing. Polidori's photos are beautiful & [obviously] heartbreaking. He captures man vs. nature through his lens like a poet. In particular the interiors are interesting to look at the effects of nature in it's attempts to reclaim everything around it.

I can only hope he will eventually do a book titled, "After the Rebuilding"
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Stumbled upon this book in the library, an amazing large scale photographic documentation of New Orleans after the flood. Heartbreaking and eyeopening, have we all forgotten about the disaster already?
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
A terrible, gorgeous book of documentary photographs of New Orleans. Thank you, Nancy!
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