French photographer Thibaud Poirier has snapped some of the most beautiful and inspiring libraries that Europe has to offer.
Poirier has photographed libraries that date from the 17th Century right up to 2011, featuring all sorts of architectural design styles, from classical to modern, in Paris, Dublin, Rome, Berlin and other locations.
He explains his love affair with libraries in his art statement: “These temples of cultural worship gather communities, and yet the literary experience, and therefore the experience of a library, remains solitary.
“Like fingerprints, each architect crafted his vision for a new space for this sacred self-exploration. These seemingly minute details are everywhere, from the balance of natural and artificial light to optimise reading yet preserve ancient texts to the selective use of studying tables to either foster community or encourage lonely reflection.”
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Akita was granted permission to use images by Thibaud Poirier.