Architecture of Knowledge: A Photographic Survey of America’s Libraries

Thursday Jun 05 2014   7:00 PM
Hattery  414 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA  map

For many of us, public libraries evoke memories of childhood: the studious stillness, the unending shelves of books upon books, the musty smell of old pages, and the thrill of discovery upon finding a stack of previously undiscovered books. More than just a building full of books, libraries are important community centers, houses of knowledge, or sometimes just places to take shelter. During the past 18 years, photographer Robert Dawson has travelled the country documenting these beloved and often endangered institutions. His new book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, reveals the breadth of American libraries. Join author John King (Cityscapes) and photographer Robert Dawson for an evening of conversation at the intersection of architecture, photography, libraries, preservation in a digital age, and more. In conjunction with the event, an exhibition of photos from the book will be on display at Hattery. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event thanks to William Stout Architectural Books.

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John KingJohn King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic. He joined the paper in 1992 and has been in his current post since 2001. His writing on architecture and urban design has been honored by groups including the California Preservation Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the California chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2002 and 2003.