Nina Katchadourian’s Sorted Books Project

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Akron Stacks from The Sorted Books Project

C-print, 12.5 x 19 inches, 2001

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Shark Journal from The Sorted Book Project

C-print, 12.5 x 19 inches, 2001

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Shark Journal from the Sorted Books Project

C-prints, 12.5 x 19 inches, 2001

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Akron Stacks from the Sorted Books project

C-print, 12.5 x 19 inches, 2001

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Reference from The Sorted Books Project

C-print, 12.5 x 19 inches, 1993

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Composition from Sorted Books Project

C-print, each 12.5 x 19 inches, 1993

The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library’s focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library’s holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters.

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