Parisian photographer Thibaud Poirier has been shooting long and wide for a year in search of the most fascinating libraries in Europe.
His photographic project includes both historical and contemporary libraries, from the most baroque to the minimal ones, but all of them as places where concentrate on books or enjoy private and silent moments.
His photographic eye is particularly attracted to the architecture of these structures and his attention focuses on the details hidden in these architectural masterpieces, and in particular on the symmetries present. All photos were taken in buildings closed to public when they were empty without any element that could disturb the shot, focusing entirely on structure and layout.
“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. The selection of these libraries that span space, time, style and cultures were carefully selected for each one’s unique ambiance and architectural contribution.” said Thibaud Poirier