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A Beautifully Nostalgic Photo Series on Expired Library Books | Architectural Digest - Trace Nichols
Photographer Kerry Mansfield shows old, well-worn library books with titles ranging from Charlotte’s Web and Madeline in London to the Babar series Text by Elizabeth Stamp Photography by Kerry Mansfield Reading a book can often be a solitary venture. But reading a library book is a communal act. By checking out a volume, the reader becomes part of the history of the object, adding wear and tear and marking the checkout card with their name or a due date. For photographer Kerry Mansfield, library books are full of stories and are part of a disappearing shared experience that deserves to be studied and chronicled. Her photo series Expired captures former library books, showcasing the unique traits they’ve gained during their time in circulation. Mansfield photographed over 180 books to create the 175 photographs in the series. (She plans to shoot 75 more.) Seventy-three of the images have been collected into a book, each copy with its own library check-out card and envelope in the front. The afternoons that Mansfield spent in her elementary school library as a child sparked her interest in library books. “I remember reading the list of names that had come before me and cradling the feeling that I was a part of this book’s history and its shared, communal experience exposed by curlicue handwritten names and room assignments revealing repeat customers devouring the book beyond its deadline,” she says in her artist statement for the series. Read the full story HERE >>>> Source: Architectural Digest A Beautifully Nostalgic Photo Series on Expired Library Books | Architectural Digest Related