Mark Rodenhurst

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We asked the people of Camberwell to pick their five favourite art works from the 2016 exhibition and here’s what Library Manager, Mark Rodenhurst had to say.

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Camberwell Miracle, photograph by Tom Leighton

I’m a librarian.  I like books.  This is a beautiful photograph of a book.  I like it.



Kern Baby in a White Dress, Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, 2014



Kern Baby, photograph by Sara Hannant

The domestic meets the metaphysical.  A stark and unsettling image.


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4 Camberwell Heads by Sally Cutler

Fantastic contemporary portraits, drawn with the thick inky lines of a 50’s British comic.



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Hanky Red, a mono print by Jo de Pear

An ordinary, everyday object given genuine pathos and beauty by its delicate handling.






Amazingness #3 : High Walkway, Heygate Estate, London, SE17 photograph by Anna Hillman

Put your head to the pavement and you can see things growing on the concrete.  Vivid alien beauty conjured from the mundane.





Mark Rodenhurst is the Library Manager at the new Camberwell Library on the Green. He is known amongst his colleagues as ‘the good looking one’.  I don’t know if he knows that, but that is what his fellow librarian said to me the first time I stepped into the new library looking for him, and the team were all busy unpacking new books and loading them to the shelves…