16 April 2017

Model Employees

The French noun librairie looks obvious, right? Library? Mais non, it is one of those words related yet different… it means bookstore. Library en français is bibliothèque. Biblio– the root is obvious once you know the word.

La Librairie Mollat is a sizable bookstore in Bordeaux that has gained a reputation not only for books, but for its photography of books as modeled by store employees. By reputation, I refer to its 50 000 Instagram fans. What makes Librairie Mollat special? Take for example:

The employees photograph book covers… modeled with fellow employees.

Most are amusing, but the precision of the photos astonishes me.

Employees lend body parts or portions of their faces.

The eyes in this lady amaze me.

This case looks almost transparent.

Mustaches are a thing.

Charming, isn't it!

I love this one.

Our paranormal pal Charlaine Harris is very much a thing, too.

Charlaine Harris' covers are by far the most popular.

Enjoy the rest of the show.



 Finally for you Star Wars fans…

Thanks to the reader who brought the bookstore to my attention. For other examples, visit here. For the full collection, check the store's Instagram page.


  1. Oh, very fun! I'm amazed as well by the precision of so many of these. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks, Art. Some are so well done that the book looks almost transparent like holding up a frame.

  3. Wow! These are astonishing. I never would have thought of such an idea.

  4. I wouldn't have either, Anon. I'm not sure I'd have the patience to go through the intricate alignment.

  5. They've created a new form of art.

  6. You're right, RT. It's good publicity for the books, too. I'd think chicklit would be a rich field to mine, covers that show only legs or lips or fingertips holding a cocktail glass.

  7. That was fun, Leigh! Some of those store employees must be pretty good actors--e.g., those who match the expression in an eye so beautifully.

  8. Bonnie, that struck me too. I can't conceive how difficult that would be.

    Hey, Jeff! I'm glad it caught your fancy. How very clever!

    Hi Eve. It really is imaginative. I spent more than an hour, possibly close to two, perusing and picking out photos to show as examples.

  9. This is wonderful!! Now I want to do it - grin.


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