Photographer checks out US public libraries’ function, form When Robert Dawson told his son Walker to get ready for a summer road trip, it meant 11,000 miles driving around looking at public libraries. Libraries had already been an obsession of Dawson for 16 years, and now, after two summers of cross-country tours, “The Public Library: A Photographic Essay” ($35; Princeton Architectural Press) has been finally released - in time for National Library Week, which runs through Saturday. Since he’s spent the last 35 years on a celebrated project called “Water in the West,” the 20 he spent on libraries could be considered a side hobby. Dawson, a photography instructor at both Stanford and San Jose State, is self-taught, though he did get some drop-in tutoring from Ansel Adams. A motel room was their one luxury at the end of each hot day, not for the mattress but the bathroom. Dawson shot both color and black-and-white, and he let the library tell him which to use.
It’s tough to be an Oakland sports fan. Read the news, and it seems as if every professional sports team that plays in the city limits is headed out of town. Watch the national broadcasts featuring teams based in Oakland, and you’ll think they already left. The Golden State Warriors