© Polly Borland
Fujicolor crystal archive print
92.5 x 67 cm
A leading portrait photographer before moving to the UK from her native Australia in 1989, Polly has earned her reputation for specializing in stylized portraiture and off-beat reportage. She shoots regularly for numerous UK and US publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Independent and Dazed and Confused.
In 1994 she won the prestigious John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, and a selection of photographs from 'The Babies' series was exhibited at the South Bank’s Meltdown Festival in 1999, curated that year by Nick Cave.
The National Portrait Gallery in London and Australia have acquired a number of Polly’s photographs for it’s collection, and in 2000 both exhibited a solo show of her work. Powerhouse published her first book, 'The Babies' in 2001 with an essay written by Susan Sontag. In that same year she was one of eight chosen photographers' to photograph the Queen for her Golden Jubilee.
Polly has also collaborated with Lauren Child on two children’s books for Puffin, reworking the fairy tales of 'The Princess and the Pea', and 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears'. Michael Hoppen Contemporary has exhibited her 'Bunny project' in 2008 – a series of portraits of a giant girl called Gwen.