Familiar to many for his work in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, Robert Polidori has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. His numerous books, including Havana, Zones of Exclusion: Pripyat and Chernobyl, After The Flood, and a three-volume compilation of his pictures of Versailles titled Robert Polidori: Parcours Museologique Revisite have cemented his reputation as a leading artist of human tragedy and pathos. Polidori began his career in avant-garde film, making films about “the temporality between still and motion,” and his contemplative approach to photography is influenced by that experience. Working with a large format camera and employing show shutter speeds, Polidori captures brilliant detail while his atmospheric and eerily beautiful photos of human habitats and environments evoke their social, historical and ecological contexts.
Architect Andrew Wolfram is one of the country’s leading experts and passionate advocates of the regeneration of existing buildings and urban architecture. Since 1999, he has worked on nationally acclaimed projects such as San Francisco’s Ferry Building and the Presidio Landmark. Wolfram serves on San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission and is an Associate Principal at Perkins + Will where he leads the firm’s global Preservation + Reuse discipline. He is architectural advisor to City Arts & Lectures’ Nourse Auditorium project.