|Mark Twain branch, Detroit, MI--CLOSED|
With plans to exhibit and publish his work, Dawson has photographed everything from the grandest architectural treasures that evidence our nation's history to the humblest of dwellings that shelter our shared intellect. And just in time, too. Some of the structures he surveyed may soon no longer stand, such as Oakland's plan to close down 14 of its 18 libraries in public trust. "The 'All Cuts' proposal calls for 198 full time library jobs to be eliminated out of 367 citywide," according to the Save Oakland Libraries coalition. Well that statement speaks volumes about what Dawson calls "our culture's relationship to libraries and their role in contemporary American society"!
|Photographer Robert Dawson blogging at Howe Library in Hanover, NH|
To learn more about the Library Project, watch Dawson's lovely 2 1/2 minute video, American Commons: Photographing Libraries Across the Nation. (I'll embed it here if/when the site allows.)