Kyle Cassidy - This is What a Librarian Looks Like

Come meet Kyle Cassidy - and all his portraits of librarians! - on Thursday, October 12, at 6 pm

In 2014, author and photographer Kyle Cassidy published a photo essay on called “This is What A Librarian Looks Like,” a montage of portraits and a tribute to librarians. It quickly went on to become one of the most popular photo essays Slate has ever run. Since then, Cassidy has made it his mission to remind us of how essential librarians and libraries are to our communities. His subjects are men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and personal style-from pink hair and leather jackets to button-downs and blazers. In short, not necessarily what one thinks a librarian looks like. The nearly 220 librarians photographed also share their personal thoughts on what it means to be a librarian. This is What A Librarian Looks Like also includes original essay by some of our most beloved writers, journalists, and commentators including Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Nancy Pearl, Cory Doctorow, Paula Poundstone, Amanda Palmer, Peter Sagal, Jeff VanderMeer, John Scalzi, Sara Farizan, Amy Dickinson, and others. Cassidy also profiles a number of especially influential librarians and libraries.

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Kyle Cassidy has been documenting American culture since the 1990's. He has photographed Goths, Punks, Politicians, Metalheads, the Dalai Lama, Scholars, and oil workers, in addition to less prosaic subjects. In recent years his projects have extended abroad to Romania, where he captured the lives of homeless orphans living in sewers; and to Egypt, where he reported on contemporary archaeological excavations. His publications include several books on information technology, as well as a regular appearance as contributing editor for Videomaker magazine. His Photo-A-Week blog ( was one of the first photo blogs on the Internet and has an average of more than 150,000 visitors a week, he also maintains a relatively exciting twitter feed @kylecassidyKyle's work has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Sunday Times of London, Marie Claire, Photographers Forum, Time, Newsweek, the New York Post, and the usual list of various other publications. His documentary photography book Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes was awarded's "Best 100 Books of 2007" "Best 10 Art Books of 2007" medals. War Paint: Tattoo Culture an the Armed Forces features the body art of American service men & women. In 2015 he photographed Geek Knits, written by Joan of Dark which features knitting projects modeled by geek celeberties. Some of his viral photo essays included portraits of Occupy Wall Street protesterslibrarians, and the scientists behind the New Horizons mission to Pluto.  Most recently he worked on the big book of Who Killed Amanda Palmer with Amanda Palmer and the wonderfully talented Neil Gaiman. Some of his other interesting projects are In The Hive and American RockerKyle is currently hard at work photographing roller derby players.
Event date: 
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information Cover Image
By Kyle Cassidy, Ronald Rice (Editor), Richard Russo (Foreword by), Emily St. John Mandel (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780316393980
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - May 16th, 2017

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