The St. Martin Parish Library is honored to display the photography of Dr. Giraud Polite at its St. Martinville Branch. Dr. Polite has spent the past ten years visually documenting and researching a variety of ethnic groups on five different continents. He is currently a member of the Society of Photographic Educators and the Urban Creative Network. Dr. Polite also serves as member, mentor, and adviser to programs such as Making Connections, Inc. and the Brookhaven College Film Club. As a Louisiana/Texas artist, Dr. Polite has exhibited works extending from digital photography to multimedia arts in a variety of museums, cultural centers, and educational institutions.

The exhibit, titled – The Crawfish Circuit: Exploring Southwest Louisiana’s Musical Soundscape, addresses the process and implications of documenting and exhibiting a musical soundscape, utilizing the culture of Southwest Louisiana. This study examines the relationship between music and social welfare, and explores the messages between the photographic image, sound, and memory. Presented as relic or artifact and departing from the conventional photograph on paper, the artist has chosen to use industrial materials, such as aluminum, wood, and Plexiglas, in an attempt to create permanence within the story of the images.

The exhibit is open to the public during regular operating hours starting March 17 – April 27. All are welcome to visit.

You can learn more about the artist by visiting his website: