Bronze / 2018 / Book / Monograph


  • Prize
    Bronze in Book (Series Only)/Monograph
  • Company
    Mansfield Pictures
  • Photographer
    Kerry Mansfield

The first rite of passage upon learning how to write one’s name was to inscribe it on a library check-out card promising the book’s safe journey and return. I remember reading the list of names that had come before me and feeling that I was a part of this book’s history and it’s shared, communal experience exposed by curly-Q handwritten names revealing repeat customers devouring the book beyond it’s deadline. An act of declaration that’s dissolving faster than we can see as cards are removed permanently and bar codes take their place.The Japanese term “wabi-sabi” is described as the art of finding beauty in imperfection and of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay and death. Unlike the American culture focused on spectacle, wabi-sabi is underplayed and modest, the kind of undeclared beauty waiting patiently to be discovered. It’s found in time-worn faces of expired library books that have traveled through many hands

Kerry Mansfield is a San Francisco based photographer whose artwork explores time and how it affects our perceptions of what we see. Her work has been exhibited globally and garnered numerous honors including LensCulture?s Single Image Award, multiple World Photography Organization and IPA Awards, and a Critical Mass Finalist multiple times. A host of press and publications, ranging from the PDN Photo Annual to the New York Times LensBlog, have featured several of her bodies of work. Her Expired series monograph was just released in fall 2017 receiving great reviews and the PX3 Bronze Award.