During the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, Kyle Cassidy photographed librarians in an attempt to shed stereotypes of what librarians look like. The result? The most popular photo essay Slate has ever published and a traveling exhibit / documentary narrated by Neil Gaiman, fully funded on Kickstarter. A beautifully photographed project, Cassidy’s project brought attention to libraries and librarians all over.

Category: 2014 - (Past Category) Visual Artist of the Year

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