ATG Quirkies: And you thought your archive was a little seedy.

As this post in Co.Design attests there are a number of unique archives worldwide that do us all a great service.  But they have nothing to do with books or journals. They are called seed banks and they do the essential work of protecting the future of our ecosystem. And now, Texas-based photographer Dornith Doherty has documented them. 

Ms. Doherty’s new book Archiving Eden, spotlights 16 seed banks in “remote, often inhospitable places around the world.”  However, her book is more that a collection of exterior shots of buildings and frozen landscapes. Ms. Doherty allows us to peek inside these institutions to see the methodology behind what Doherty calls a “comprehensive catalogue of life.”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

 

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