Water Damage

Water Damage - Spanish Bath, 2003 by James Casebere
Spanish Bath, 2003 by James Casebere

It is hard to believe that just one week ago I was home, brushing off the idea of a hurricane affecting downtown Manhattan life. Unfortunately I was sorely mistaken come last Monday evening when power, running water and cell phone reception became things of the past. While I did get through a few old films using the battery life I had hoarded on my laptop, once that disappeared I decided to get lost in, what else, my library of art books. Due to the circumstances, I explored the work of two photographers in particular – Robert Polidori and James Casebere.

Canadian photographer Robert Polidori is best known for his interior and architectural shots. You may recognize his work as he photographed Botegga Venetta’s Fall-Winter 2011/2012 ad campaign featuring Isabeli Fontana at the 16th century Palazzo Papadopoli in Venice, Italy. In 2005, Polidori took a trip down to New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina to shoot the devastation. His most recent book of work, After The Flood, documents his eerie trip down south (pictured below).

Water Damage - 2500 block of Munster Boulevard, 2005 by Robert Polidori
2500 block of Munster Boulevard, 2005 by Robert Polidori

Water Damage - 2520 Deslondes, New Orleans, March by Robert Polidori
2520 Deslondes, New Orleans, March by Robert Polidori

Water Damage - 1720 Touro Street, 2005 by Robert Polidori
1720 Touro Street, 2005 by Robert Polidori

American-born photographer James Casebere has focused his work since the late 1990s on the destructive nature of water. He has captured images of interior flooding in buildings around the world. Don’t the below photographs remind you of Chanel’s flooded runway from Fall/Winter 2010?

Water Damage - Untitled, 1999 by James Casebere
Untitled, 1999 by James Casebere

Water Damage - Yellow Hallway #2, 2001 by James Casebere
Yellow Hallway #2, 2001 by James Casebere

Water Damage - Spiral Staircase, 2002-2003 by James Casebere
Spiral Staircase, 2002-2003 by James Casebere

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