Produced by Kate Phillips, Magnum Photos
National Library Week is celebrated from April 10 to 16. Today Magnum presents a gallery of libraries and the readers who love them. PARIS—Scholars study in the main reading room of France’s National Library, 1984.
Book of the Week
by Chris Steele-Perkins
The impetus for this three-year project began when Steele - Perkins was offered a gift from his Japanese wife of the famous book by nineteenth-century master printmaker Katsushika Hokusai, "36 Views of Mount Fuji". Struck by the verisimilitude of the prints as historical documents of the life of the peoples around the mountain - woodcutters, fishermen, peasants, aristocrats - as well as the beauty and spiritual aspect of the area, Steele-Perkins began to research further.
Join the Fray
[You have] to put the intensity that you yourself have experienced into the picture—otherwise it is just a document.