A book is a medium for recording information. Human beings are the only species on the planet that we know of who have the ability to translate personal experience and knowledge into a tangible, tactile object which becomes a form of communication with other humans. It is fascinating how we have evolved as a species, beginning with the invention of the alphabet. The rise of alphabetic literacy transformed the human brain and brought about profound changes in history and the way we comprehend abstract concepts.
Libraries, much like museums, are the repositories of our cultural heritage. Evolving from clay tablets to paper made from trees, a library is an archive of the lives of humans, past and present.
Voigt’s photograph of the library at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum highlights the preservation element of libraries, particularly by making the viewer feel as though they can be anywhere and everywhere within this room at once.