"I look at the people who work at the Folger and see a crowd keeping Shakespeare company. So many people have played the characters in his plays, so many have recited his poems. If everyone ever touched by Shakespeare's work were to gather across the barriers of time, life, and death, the noise of that conversation would make the seas rise."
—Afaa Michael Weaver, poet, playwright, and scholar
From "Minding the Bard," in Photographing Shakespeare
For two years, award-winning photographer Robert Dawson and curator Ellen Manchester went behind the scenes of the Folger Shakespeare Library, an extraordinary library in the heart of Washington, DC, to document its diverse, lively, and sometimes surprising activities.
Provided with full access, Dawson and Manchester offer a vivid look at life and work at the Folger, from its arts, outreach, teaching, and research programs to the delicate craft of book conservation. Photographing Shakespeare: The Folger Shakespeare Library also depicts topics that might seem too difficult to capture—the birth of ideas, the scope of digital research, and the human connection with Shakespeare and his works, from Macbeth to A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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