My photographs from The People’s Library, the library of the Occupy Wall Street social movement, are included as a photo essay in “Models, Modes, Possibilities” Journal 03_01 of Site95. You can also view and download the entire issue here.
Featuring: Ross McDonnell, Emmy Catedral, Anthony Huberman, Daniel Bozhkov, Nicolas Bourriaud, Simon Critchley, David Levi Strauss, Micol Hebron, The People’s Library, Michael Oman-Reagan, and Richard DeMarco.
Here is David Levi Strauss on the People’s Library:
“I mean there are things starting all the time. You don’t have to go with the institutions that exist. You can start new ones. And they start sometimes very organically. I was thinking about the People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street and how it grew, and I became very, very close to it. And it was just…I mean, it was a bunch of people staying in the park. They had time on their hands. Many of them had heavy student debt. Somebody thought, maybe we should continue our education here. That’s how it started. And books started coming in, and people started reading them, and they started going in and out and it turned into this really great thing. I mean it worked. Until it was crushed. It didn’t fail. It was crushed. Bloomberg came in and crushed it on November 15th, 2011, and destroyed the books. But during the time that it lasted, it was a magnificent thing. I mean people will accuse me of idealizing it, but it really worked. It was what a library was supposed to be. I mean you take a book, and if you want to keep it, you keep it. You bring some other books in. It worked.”