Medium: archival pigmented print on lumachrome paper
Dimensions: 46” h x 72” w framed
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“Wealth”, portrays the George Peabody library in Baltimore, Maryland. This multi award winning photograph offers an introspective journey into one of the most beautiful historic libraries in the world.
“Wealth” explores the significance of books and traditional libraries in the information age. It questions knowledge vs. information - inspiration vs. consumption and portrays the deeper meaning and experiential qualities offered by historic books and the magnificent libraries that preserve them. The enriching experience provided by historic libraries is largely absent in todays age of smart devices and impatient consumption habits.
Opened in 1878, the George Peabody library contains over 300,000 volumes, causing the audience to develop a profound appreciation for the inconceivable amount of intellectual wealth surrounding them. Renowned for its striking architectural interior, the stack room contains five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies which rise dramatically to the skylight 61 feet above the floor. The non-circulating collection is part of the Special Collections Department at Johns Hopkins University. Most of the library’s titles date from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.
At its conception, the library was a gift from George Peabody to the people of Baltimore. He pledged to make knowledge available free of charge to any resident who was seeking to learn.
144 years later, the George Peabody Library is still free and open to the public.
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