The Polaroids

For more than 30 years, Doug Biggert picked up hitchhikers on the freeways of California and shot their portraits with a Polaroid camera. In 2009, the Verge Gallery in Sacramento opened the exhibition Hitchhikers and Other Work showing the hundreds of instant snapshots that documented changing fashions, populations, and politics. The Polaroids were mounted directly on the walls of the gallery, with occasional enlargements of certain images. This particular wall, called A Sandalshop Wall, showed not hitchhikers, but Polaroids of Sacramento in the 1970s.

It was the best low-fi photography exhibit I’ve ever been to. The photographs, being snapshots rather than overly staged creations, are unpretentious and are spontaneous documents of the era and hitchhiker lifestyle. Maybe in 30 years cutting edge galleries will be showing cellphone photos…a girl can dream.

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