I recently spent a FEW hours at John K. King Used & Books in Detroit, MI that had over a million used books packed within 5 stories. I acted like a character from Fahrenheit 451… hoarding and coveting stacks of books as if they’d soon cease to exist. Many of them had dedications on the front page, corners folded, library cards with the name and date of its’ last owner. It was all so exciting and nostalgic and a bit tragic. I didn’t take photos, but came across this post from the NYTimes and Kerry Mansfield’s Expired series that captures the spirit of what I recently felt.
Kerry Mansfield’s “Expired” is a series whose substance is the physicality of discarded and withdrawn library books. She brings the lens in close, showing worn edges and torn covers and photographing the ephemera of the library experience.