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Schiff's photographs capture the shifting architectural styles and missions of the library, from the very earliest American libraries to the modernist masterpieces of Louis I. Kahn and others. The sweeping 360-degree panoramas help the viewer maintain the original vision of the architects. In the introductory essay, Manguel considers the story of the library in America, its evolving architecture and cultural role, and how the American model reflects...
"In Sweeping Tableaux, photographer Thomas R. Schiff presents, America's most important art museums, using breathtaking photographs that compels us to revisit historic and modern cultural institutions and their storied rooms in a genuinely new light. Schiff skillfully combines his love of photography and architecture and profiles museums of all sizes and stripes across the country, showcasing the country's most stately institutions and newer cutting-edge...
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