faceBOOK – a week in the life of a branch library

Keith Pattison is a photographer based in Newcastle, working mainly for theatre companies including RSC, Almeida, Bill Kenwright and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Last year he published a book of photographs of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike (NO REDEMPTION) with the author David Peace, along with an exhibition which toured nationally.   He is currently working on a project photographing the faces of post industrial communities.

In February this year, photographer Keith Pattison was invited by councillor Ann Schofield and the librarians at Cruddas Park library to take photographs of people visiting the library.  Over the course of a week, he photographed a variety of library users demonstrating the many ways in which they use the service.   Those photographed either held up the books they had borrowed or a card on which they had written the purpose of their visit. These photographs have now been published in faceBOOK, a collection celebrating the role of Cruddas Park library in the community.

We are very grateful to Keith for allowing us to reproduce a selection of the photographs here.  You can view the complete book on Keith’s website.

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2 thoughts on “faceBOOK – a week in the life of a branch library

  1. Annabel Haycraft

    What a lovely selection of photographs and a delightful way of demonstrating what public libraries are all about. Perhaps others will be inspired to promote their services in this way?

  2. Toni Franck

    Excellent images, excellent idea, which could be emulated in libraries across the world. Thank you.

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