In the visual survey tradition made famous by Bernd and Hilla Becher with their water towers, photographer Robert Dawson set out to photograph some of America’s most intriguing public libraries. In his book titled “The Public Library: A Photographic Essay”, Dawson travelled across the country to find the most unique and eccentric public libraries he could find. Much of the architecture is a reflection of the landscape that surrounds it or the rich culture that inhabits the area. “The Public Library: A Photographic Essay” was published by Princeton Architectural Press this year and is available at Amazon.
Text by Canbra Hodsdon