American (Library) Graffiti

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In 2007 Quinn Dombrowski started photographing the graffiti she encountered on her visits to the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago. As she found more and more of them, she began posting the images on Flickr and over a two year period had amassed a collection of over 700 pieces of graffiti!

I love the idea that these anonymous, ephemeral thoughts, doodles, procrastinations, and abbreviated conversations hidden away on library carrels were given their literal moment in the sun.

For more highlights of the collected (shall we say) “works,” check out the book, published last year, Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur: Confessions of the University of Chicago.

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