Recently we’ve been photographing some pretty amazing items from across our collections, for an exhibition opening next week; Darkness and Light: Exploring the Gothic.
The exhibition reveals how Gothic architecture and anatomy inspired and influenced a literary genre, and how the lasting legacy of Gothic can be found in art, films and subculture today.
From the fantastical to the macabre, Darkness and Light unearths Gothic treasures from the Library’s Special Collections to investigate subjects as varied as the role of women in the Gothic movement, advances in medical science and classic literature.
The exhibition also showcases artwork by students from the University of Salford and a gallery of photographic portraits of ‘Goths’, by CHICC photographer Gwen Riley Jones, celebrating diversity and inviting visitors to explore what Gothic means to them.
The exhibition opens at The John Rylands Library on Thursday 16th July, and is free to all.