Portrait of a Living Archive
|Dates:||3 October 2013 - 13 January 2014|
|What is it:||Exhibitions|
|Organiser:||The John Rylands Library|
|Venue opening hours:||Monday 12noon - 5pm; Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12noon - 5pm|
|Who is it for:||General public|
When people think about libraries they tend to think of them as the ancestral home of written rather than visual culture. The John Rylands Library houses a significant collection of art, from various cultures and a range of historical periods.
Similarly, when people think of a specialist library like the Rylands they are often unaware that our collections are constantly growing with new acquisitions and that these teem with the life of the living alongside the venerable dead. Contemporary poets, novelists, artists, translators, book-binders and printers appear in our collections and one way to connect with them is through the medium of photographic portraiture.
Over the past year, the library's photographers, Jamie Robinson and Gwen Jones, have made a series of portraits that bring us face to face with some of the people who appear in our collections. In turn, these photographs will become part of the Library's collection of images, adding depth to our knowledge of the people represented in the archive whilst enriching our collection of photography.
Opens 6pm, Thursday, 3 October
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