Candida Hofer : Libraries, Hardback
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Nobody photographs the splendid and intimate cathedrals of knowledge as beautifully as Candida Hofer.

This superbly produced volume contains Hofer's famously ascetic images of the Escorial in Spain, the Whitney Museum and the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, Villa Medici in Rome and the Hamburg University Library, among others.

Umberto Eco contributes an essay on libraries.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 137 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9780500543146



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A coffee table book of gorgeous colour photos of European libraries. There are also some modern photos of server rooms or desks are less appealing but in their own way compelling, charting the evolution of the library and how materials are now stored electronically. Most of the photos showcase empty buildings and I preferred the photos that included people. People give scale to some of the rooms that otherwise were hard to imagine, and, as the only point of libraries is for them to be used, the people-less library seems especially forlorn. The photos do fuel fantasies of working in one of these places.