I first met Polly Gaillard
and saw her memorable images at a photography festival called Click646
in Greenwood, South Carolina back in 2011. Organized by Jon Holloway
, the festival consisted of portfolio reviews, exhibitions, speakers, workshops, and other public programming and events including live music and a street festival. At the time, Polly was showing her portfolio of photographs from her series, Judy Walgren
and I walked around the gallery at RayKo Photo Center
nearly 6 weeks after we'd juried the documentary exhibition, "With Our Own Eyes."
we realized what a challenge we were going to have in selecting a Best of Show winner. Out of the 450 photographers' projects that we looked at, we had picked just 35 artists to participate in the show. And yet the strength of the work of those 35 (…)