Robert Polidori began his career as an avant-garde filmmaker, but moved to still photography after having completed his M.A. from the State University of New York. There is an emphasis on architectural studies in his works and these highly detailed and evocative images are often shot from an aerial perspective, reminiscent of the Renaissance use of perspective. He is a regular staff photographer with the New Yorker magazine and his work has also appeared in other publications, such as Vanity Fair. Polidori has received international awards for his photography. A recent series of images taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina generated controversy first for an image depicting a victim in their bed, and also when images from the series appeared in an online advertising campaign in Brazil.