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@Central Gallery Exhibits Photographs by Bryan David Griffith @Central Gallery Exhibits Photographs by Bryan David Griffith <div class="ExternalClass0DEF43A1121948779D4021A5C8EC8617"><div>Burton Barr Central Library will exhibit a collection of photographs by artist Bryan David Griffith, “The Last Bookstores: America’s Resurgent Independents," Jan. 22 – March 4, 2016 at the library’s @Central Gallery, 1221 N. Central Ave.  An opening reception with the artist will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5.   Live music will be performed.  The reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.     </div><div><br></div><div>“The Last Bookstores” combines photographs and interviews to document an industry during a time of historic changes. Griffith photographed independent bookstores old and new, large and small, iconic and obscure, in big cities and small towns across America.  He spent hours interviewing their owners and staff.   Why do they persist when the vast majority of independents have folded in the face of cutthroat competition from chain superstores and online retailers? Griffiths’ work is held by collections throughout the country and he has exhibited internationally.</div><div>     </div><p>For more information, call 602-262-4636 or visit <a href="http://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/">phoenixpubliclibrary.org</a>.  Phoenix Public Library is a system of 16 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library.  Follow us on Twitter at <a href="http://www.twitter.com/phxlibrary">twitter.com/phxlibrary</a> follow us on Instagram at <a href="http://www.instagram.com/phoenixpubliclibrary">instagram.com/phoenixpubliclibrary​</a> and “like” us on Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/phoenixpubliclibrary">facebook.com/phoenixpubliclibrary</a>.</p><div><br></div></div>12/22/2015 7:00:00 PMLee FranklinPhoenix Public Library602-534-2025