Olivier Martel Savoie's Instagram Series Shows Different Libraries

By: Joey Haar - Sep 20, 2016
References: instagram & archdaily
Montreal-based photographer Olivier Martel Savoie has taken a series of photographs depicting libraries from cities around the world. Posted as an Instagram series, the photos are fascinating for lovers of literature, travel, and architecture alike.

The most captivating aspect of Olivier Martel Savoie's series is the differentiation between libraries. Certain images fit perfectly with people's preconceived notions of cities, while others diverge entirely. For instance, the Helsinki University Library is bright white and designed with parabolic curves, perfectly in line with Scandinavian architecture. On the other hand, the Kungliga Library in Stockholm has an early modern darkness that is antithetical to those same principles.

The diversity of libraries photographed is another touch point in the series. While many of the libraries are grand, some are humble and small, and Savoie even included the dark, caged Alcatraz Library in his photos.