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The most beautiful libraries in the world, captured by photographer Reinhard Görner

German architectural photographer Reinhard Görner has been working in the field of architectural photography since 1982, capturing historic and contemporary architecture. Visiting photography classes while studying at university, he was intrigued by architectural photography after attending lectures by Julius Schulman and inspired by his book “Architectural Photography.” For more than 40 years of hard work his name became one of the most famous in the field of architectural photography.

Open Space, City Library. Stuttgart (2014

Open Space, City Library. Stuttgart (2014)

Reinhard Görner often works in photographic series, which represent continuous collections of various international interiors. One of his famous portfolios is “Libraries”, which he began in 2008. He became overwhelmed by it in the following years, spending hundreds of hours contemplating, demonstrating the wide variety of interior styles from Berlin to Oxford.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Library. Berlin (2010)

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Library. Berlin (2010)

His photographs of over 50 extraordinarily beautiful libraries show the hypnotic symmetry and the rich abundance of books and shelves, embracing the vast human knowledge, waiting to be read again. Thanks to Reinhard Görner’s interior photographs, the spectator appreciates libraries not only as educational centers, but as works of art as well.

Palácio Nacional de Mafra I. Portugal (2016)

Palácio Nacional de Mafra I. Portugal (2016)

“My purpose is to always open spaces in every sense – visual, mental and spiritual. I want to transcend people’s minds to a more calm and creative place,” Görner shares. “If you look at a single of my pictures, the world expands, tells stories and changes your everyday life. Photographing architecture is a matter of composition and focus. When I photograph I am very concentrated and in a state of flow consciousness. I want to induce through my pictures a similar state of mind in the viewer. “

Duke Humfrey's Library. Oxford (2017)

Duke Humfrey’s Library. Oxford (2017)


St. Peter's Abbey II. Austria (2016)

St. Peter’s Abbey II. Austria (2016)


Cathedral of Books. Manchester (2017)

Cathedral of Books. Manchester (2017)


Entrance of Biblioteca Joanina. Portugal (2015)

Entrance of Biblioteca Joanina. Portugal (2015)


Library Hall, Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences. Görlitz (2015)

Library Hall, Upper Lusatian Library of Sciences. Görlitz (2015)


St. Peter's Abbey II. Austria (2016)

St. Peter’s Abbey II. Austria (2016)

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