Museums & Libraries

These photographs were made in libraries, museums and international art fairs in New York, Maine (US), Holland, and Glasgow, Scotland. This series was formed out of an interests in how as a society we collect, preserve and transmit knowledge. The modern museum finds its roots in cabinets-of-curiosities, the private collections of wealthy individuals in the 15th century. The impulse to collect can still be seen in the modern art-market as artefacts are traded as commodities and signifiers of wealth and social status. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that we being to see the first appearances of publicly accessible museums and libraries we would recognise today. It took the backdrop of wider political and social unrest, reformation and universal suffrage before these privately and even state owned collections of knowledge to become accessible to the public.