The journalist Norman Cousins once said: “A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.” If we ever needed proof the man knew what he was talking about, photographer Thibaud Poirier is here to provide.
His photo series, Libraries, features a whole heap of Europe’s (and therefore the world’s) finest classic and contemporary libraries, each photo paying homage to “the personal touches and interpretations of literature” that each architect brought to their building.
What separates Poirier’s series from the usual bookshelf porn is the care he’s taken composing them. By identically matching the perspective in each photo, Poirier makes their similarities stand out without detracting from each building's individuality. And then, of course, there’s the sheer number of books visible in each photo – and the complete absence of people. (Poirier took the series while the libraries were closed to the public.) You can virtually smell the old book scent just by looking at them.