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Reinhard Görner captures stunning libraries around the world in his photographs

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“My purpose is always to open spaces, in each sense, visual, mental and spiritual. I want to transcend the peoples’ mind in a calmer, more creative realm”, says Reinhard Görner, a German architectural photographer who has in the field of photography since 1982, shooting both historical and modern architecture.

Being inspired from Julius Shulman’s book Architectural Photography and after attending one of his lectures during university, he was greatly fascinated by architectural photography. He has displayed his works around the field, making a name for himself for more than 40 years.

Over the past 12 years, Görner has also pursued fine art photography. He usually works in series and perpetual collection of international interiors. His Libraries portfolios, for example, which he started in 2018 had him capture these educational places displaying, from Berlin to Oxford, the large variety of interior styles.

Over 50 amazing photographs of libraries captured by him show the breathtaking regularity and rich splendor of the book palaces with shelves filled with knowledge only waiting to be grasped.

The onlooker, via Görne’s interior photographs, not only values the place as a study area but also as a work of art to themselves. As Reinhard shares with us, “If you look at one of my pictures, the world expands, tells stories and enlightens your everyday life. To photograph architecture is a question of composition and focus. When I photograph I am very concentrated and in a state of flow consciousness. I want to induce through my pictures a similar state of mind in the beholder”.


BIBLIOTHÉQUE NATIONAL, SALLE LABROUSTE, PARIS


LIBRARY SAINTE GENEVIÈVE, PARIS


ROSE MAIN READING ROOM IV, NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEW YORK, USA


ARCHIVO GENERAL DE INDIAS III, SEVILLE, SPAIN


GARCIA BARZANALLANA, BIBLIOTECA DEL SENADO, MADRID, SPAIN


LIBRARY HALL, WIBLINGEN MONASTERY, ULM, GERMANY


LIBRARY OF ALTENBURG ABBEY, AUSTRIA


LIBRARY OF VORAU ABBEY, AUSTRIA


LIBRARY IN ST.PETER’S ABBEY, SALZBURG, AUSTRIA


ABBEY LIBRARY, ST.GALLEN, SWITZERLAND


BOOKS, CLOCKS AND GLOBES I, CZECH NATIONAL LIBRARY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC


OPEN SPACE, CITY LIBRARY STUTTGART, GERMANY


BEINECKE LIBRARY, NEW HAVEN, USA


LIBRARY OF THE PHILOLOGICAL DEPARTMENT OF FREIE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN, BERLIN, GERMANY


JACOB-UND-WILHELM-GRIMM LIBRARY, BERLIN, GERMANY

All Images: © Reinhard Goerner

h/t: My Modern met

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