Elise Schimke ’17 sought solitude in campus libraries during her time at UW–Madison. So when the history and English literature major from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, had to pick a subject for a project in an elective photo class, her choice was automatic.
The resulting softcover book, Libraries of UW–Madison, is a quirky trip through the stacks of a top university. In 41 photos, Schimke captures what makes each campus library unique. She also finds their commonalities. Each image was shot in a consistent manner, a photographic approach called typology.
To create her photos, Schimke placed a chair between two rows of books and then added items or artifacts that speak to each library’s specialty area: taxidermized ducklings at the Zoological Museum Research Library; a fluffy puppet at the MERIT Library for future teachers; a fishing net at the Limnology Library. The book can be purchased at etsy.com.
Published in the Winter 2021 issue