What’s the largest library in the world? If you guessed the Library of Congress, you would be right. As well as being the research library that officially serves the U.S. Congress, it is also the de facto national library of the country. The library’s collection is the home to millions of items, including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts. Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson visited there earlier this week and shot these images of the Thomas Jefferson Building, which houses the library and is recognized as a premier example of the Beaux Arts style, which is theatrical, heavily ornamented and kinetic. A monumental split stair featuring the Neptune Fountain, rises in multiple flights to the main entrance.
A photo intern and part-time sportswriter at the Grand Forks Herald during his undergraduate days at the University of North Dakota, Jeff Olson spent 20-plus years in North Dakota newspapers as a photojournalist. He is a former small business owner and for the past 14 years has been a public affairs officer for the National Park Service. Olson works with members of the news media on national park issues from the bureau headquarters in Washington, D.C. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Joanne, and their golden retrievers, Sam and Harry. They are avid Washington Nationals baseball fans. View all posts by Jeff Olson