Thursday, October 22nd
The School of Visual Arts Amphitheatre
209 E. 23rd Street (2nd and 3rd avenues), 3rd Floor
(please bring photo ID)
Book signing and sale to follow the lecture.
Free to CCNY members, SVA students, faculty, and staff
General admission $10, $5 for other students with ID
As a photographer, I work the night shift, the time of transition from daylight to night. During this liminal period, natural light gives way to streetlight, moonlight, window light, and advertisement and surveillance lighting. The workday crowds ebb, and the city‘s avenues, bridges, parks, and buildings begin to resemble a giant set, a theatrical approximation of a city. Paradoxically, it is only in these moments of dereliction that we can begin to populate the metropolis with our own thoughts and fantasies.
Lately, I have searched out places where the highways and bridges of the city‘s exoskeleton abut construction sites overgrown with weeds. Such places remind me of illustrations in anatomy books, cross–sections that reveal the body‘s structure. Locations in Long Island City and Hunter‘s Point, Queens, are rich in these juxtapositions. These areas, like others I have photographed in Manhattan‘s meat market and Brooklyn‘s DUMBO section, show a city in transition from an industrial to a post-industrial phase.
I work with traditional media: medium format cameras, and black & white or color negative film which I print in a traditional darkroom whenever possible. I use digital media for scouting places and for extremely large prints.
My subject is elusive: the locations that reveal the city‘s dis–location, seen at the brief moments each day when the light itself is shifting.
Photographer Lynn Saville was educated at Duke University and Pratt Institute. Among her teachers was Philippe Halsman. Lynn Saville specializes in photographing both cities and rural settings at twilight and dawn, or as she describes it, “the boundary times between night and day.”
CCNY‘s lectures are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
West 42nd Street‚ This photo was taken in the late 1990‘s just as Times
Square was beginning to be renovated
Metropolitan Roof‚ Although I have often avoided figures in my photographs,
the occasional passerby wanders into the frame during a long exposure. Increasingly I have welcomed these ghostlike shadowy figures into my
photographs. Are they surrogates for me, actors hurrying across a set,
or lost friends and relatives coming to people my nocturnal cityscapes?
Basin Street‚ Smith & Ninth Street subway station is veiled in a black
net. The structure in the center of the frame now posts a sign which
reads ”Offices to rent.“
Lighted Warehouses‚ The empty warehouses in the DUMBO section of
Brooklyn attract my interest. The classic American industrial structure
was lighted for a brief few weeks
All images © Lynn Saville