For a reference librarian, a new encyclopedia is an exciting acquisition, a new source of information. Suddenly there's a new trusted ally in the fight against the unknown. Okay, really, it's just a book. But we spend a lot of time sitting at a desk surrounded by books.
It is an easy storyline to say that the once great city of Detroit is in ruins. Shambles! The grand architecture that marks the skyline is largely vacant, industry and business close to extinct, and the landmarks empty and dilapidated. This has been recorded by numerous photographers, recently by local photographer Keith Marlowe for Life Magazine.
Preserved in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s photography collection , but previously in the Ingalls Library, is a little gem: a set of 19th century Japanese photographs housed in a lacquered album decorated in the maki-e technique.
Irving Penn first published 91 of these photographs in 1960 under the title Moments Preserved: Eight Essays in Photographs and Words. Shooting in New York, London, and Paris studios with only natural light, Penn preserved images of occupations that were soon to be lost, as well as those emerging with newer technologies.