Library of Dust

BLDGBLOG presents an introductory essay and photos from Library of Dust

There’s a spectacular new book coming out at the end of this summer called Library of Dust, by photographer David Maisel, published by Chronicle Books. . . . In 1913, Maisel explained, an Oregon state psychiatric institution began to cremate the remains of its unclaimed patients. Their ashes were then stored inside individual copper canisters and moved into a small room, where they were stacked onto pine shelves.

Image from Library of Dus; by David Maisel, published by Chronicle Books
Image from Library of Dust by David Maisel, published by Chronicle Books

(A tip of the hat to Andrew Sullivan.)


On the livejournal steampunk fashion group, along came this little beauty:

Rolleiflex MiniDigi AF5.0

First developed in Germany in the 1920’s, the Rollei 6x6cm Twin Lens Reflex Camera has always been a preferred tool for serious photography, especially portraits. There cannot be, for example, a single Hollywood celebrity who has not been photographed with a Rollei. Now, many of the outstanding convenience features and nostalgic design can be yours in a fashionable up-to-date digital with auto focus feature to shoot between 4 inches (10cm) to infinity on 5 mega pixel image.