Fascinating Photos of Libraries All Over the World

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French photographer Franck Bohbot reminds us of the simple pleasures of reading books, and he celebrates this as he travelled around the world to photograph some of the most beautiful and glorious libraries. Bohbot currently resides in New York, and his series aptly entitled House of Books began shooting in 2012. So far, he has already visited some of the most superb libraries all over the world, like Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Biblioteca Angelica in Rome as well as the New York Public Library.

Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris)
Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris)

House of Books is a work in progress, but it has already been showcased on many popular art websites. Bohbot style is well known for its symmetric compositions. He typically favors documentary-style techniques and he likes to shoot unusual atmospheres. Other than photographing libraries, Bohbot has already done collections featuring museums, trains stations, theatres, courts, in addition to swimming pools.

Biblioteca Vallicelliana (Rome)
Biblioteca Vallicelliana (Rome)

For the ongoing House of Books, Bohbot has journeyed from Rome to Boston and Paris to document the architectural marvel of famous libraries, within whose walls presumably hundreds of thousands of books are stacked on the apparently never-ending shelves, producing flawless symmetry. Libraries are the repository of books that contain massive amounts of information and countless profound ideas.

Bibliothèque Mazarine (Paris)
Bibliothèque Mazarine (Paris)

Born in a suburb of Paris France in 1980, Franck Bohbot, began his career as a set photographer.  He has concentrated his artistic research on public spaces since 2008, including urban landscapes and, more recently, on environmental portraits.

Bibliothèque du Sénat (Paris)
Bibliothèque du Sénat (Paris)

He transferred to New York in April 2013 and his work has been featured in Wired Magazine, The New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Financial Times, Details, Aestetica Magazine, CNN International, The Daily Mail, The New York Daily News, Les Inrocks, just to name a few. Among his many accolades, Bohbot has been awarded the IPA International Photography Award (2013) L.A as well as the Archifoto Award, Strasbourg International Architectural Photography Awards (2014).

Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne (Paris)
Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne (Paris)

See his entire body of work in his website.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I’m talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.