French photographer takes awesome shots of libraries around the world

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Libraries hold a powerful aura. The literature and knowledge afforded by them can be felt when stepping into one, and now as reported at Petapixel, Parisian photographer Thibaud Poirier has perfectly captured that feeling in his work.

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, 1728. © Thibaud Poirier
Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, 1728. © Thibaud Poirier

His collection simply titled “Libraries” is a meditative look into historic and contemporary libraries and the uniform power these places hold. The photographs have taken him across Europe to Germany and France and as far as South America, to Argentina. These “palaces of self-discovery” as Poirier calls them are celebrated through their symmetrical framing and warmth of colour.

Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1732. Photo: Thibaud Poirier
Trinity College Library, Dublin, 1732. © Thibaud Poirier

Poirier, a landscape photographer, says that the buildings are reflective of one's self-discovery and learning.

“Literature offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore one's self from within through the unique internal narrative that each reader develops.”

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, 1850. © Thibaud Poirier
Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, 1850. © Thibaud Poirier

We reckon the images are so lush and comfy that it'll make anyone want to sit down in one of them and pick up a book.

You can see more of Poirier's images here.

Stadtbibliothek, Stuttgart, 2011. © Thibaud Poirier
Stadtbibliothek, Stuttgart, 2011. © Thibaud Poirier
Grimm Zentrum Library, Berlin, 2009. © Thibaud Poirier
Grimm Zentrum Library, Berlin, 2009. © Thibaud Poirier
© Thibaud Poirier
Biblioteca Casanatense, Rome, 1701. © Thibaud Poirier
© Thibaud Poirier
Palàcio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra, 1755. © Thibaud Poirier
Photo: Thibaud Poirier
Photo: Thibaud Poirier
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