Thursday, July 28

photographing many of the nations libraries

This project is a photographic survey of public libraries throughout the United States. There are over 17,000 public libraries in this country. Since I began the project in 1994 I have photographed hundreds of libraries in nineteen states. From Alaska to Florida and from New England to California the photographs show a vibrant, essential yet threatened system.

As a photographer I have committed my life work to investigating "the commons" - the things that we share as a nation - our environment, our infrastructure, our culture - the things that keep our society civil and working. For communities across the country, libraries offer free access to information and education, a sanctuary, and hope for the future.

- Robert Dawson, American Commons: Photographing Libraries Across the Nation.

Reblogged from JessamynWest.