The Shape of the Book © J.F. Rauzier

Some visually piquant photographs of imaginary libraries from Jean François Rauzier. They’re an interesting combination of the architectural impossibilities of Piranesi mixed with the large scales of iterative forms of Andreas Gursky.

Above all, there is a bookish logic at work here with the conjunction of the perspectivally flat with overwhelming repetitiveness. My sense is beneath the grandeur of these images is an archetypal book.

The question is whether the digital text could ever assume something quite so figurally regular or common. Is that not one of the disorientations of digitial reading, the way it is so hard to grasp at a visual level?


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