Now there’s another book I’d like to add to my collection: Expired by Kerry Mansfield. According to Hyperallergic, this book from the San Francisco-based photographer features over 70 images of discarded library books, each posed against a black background for a post-withdrawal portrait.
“’Each picture serves as an homage calling out palpable echoes etched into the pages by a margin-scrawled note, a yellowed coffee splatter or sticky peanut butter and jelly fingerprints,’ writes Mansfield in a book essay. ‘It’s easy to feel a sense of abuse and loss, but they say much more. They show the evidence of everyone that has touched them, because they were well read, and often well-loved. They were not left on shelves, untouched.’
“The dog-eared pages of To Kill a Mockingbird, a copy of Lad: A Dog that has a chunk missing from its cover (perhaps taken by canine teeth?), crayon scribbles on The Velveteen Rabbit, the broken spine of Treasure Island, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame braced by tape, all recall the shared experience of library literature. Mansfield’s photographs give these imperfections a quiet dignity” (https://hyperallergic.com/403659/loved-to-death-a-photographers-tribute-to-discarded-library-books/).
The Hyperallergic article has some photographs; the book itself can be purchased from the photographer: http://www.kerrymansfield.com/expiredthebook/. Apparently, she plans to do a second volume as well.