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Guide to the Lynn Saville Photographs, 1972-2005 and undated

Abstract

Lynn Saville (1950-) is a New York City-based photographer specializing in nocturnal photography.

The collection dates from 1972 to 2005 and consists of 205 photographs of nighttime scenes in New York City, Paris, North Carolina, and elsewhere, taken by Lynn Saville. The collection also includes 30 portraits of artists and other individuals. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Saville, Lynn.
Title
Lynn Saville Photographs, 1972-2005 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
18 Linear Feet, 235 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Lynn Saville Photographs consist of 235 prints dating from 1972 to 2005. The collection contains gelatin silver black and white prints, color prints, and a small number of digital prints; the prints range in size from 11x14 to 20x24. Saville's photographs include 30 portraits of poets, photographers, family members, friends, and prominent women such as Barbara Jordan, Adrienne Rich and Bella Abzug. Her more recent work is primarily nocturnal photography. The collection's primary focus is Saville's 205 photographs of nighttime scenes in the United States and Europe, particularly in New York City (Brooklyn in particular) and Paris. Other locations include Los Angeles, North Carolina, Vermont, Paris, Rome, and Venice.

The collection is divided into the Portraits Series and the Nocturnal Photography Series. Selected images are also available online as part of a digital exhibit. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Thirty 11x14 gelatin silver prints portraying poets, photographers, women in politics, family members, and friends. The series includes one platinum print portrait of Saville taken by Lois Conner. Captions are taken from the prints.

Bill Winfield, 1994
Box 1
Muriel Rukeyser, 1977
Box 1
Sterling Plump, poet, 1993
Box 1
Raymond Patterson, poet, 1993
Box 1
Galway Kinnell, poet, 1994
Box 1
Juanita Kreps, Secretary of Commerce, in her office, 1978
Box 1
Dr. Rosalyn Yalow, Nobel Prize winner, 1977
Box 1
Robert Bly, poet, 1995
Box 1
Gwendolyn Brooks, 1994
Box 1
Bella Abzug, New York Political, 1977
Box 1
French Ballet School, 1992
Box 1
Portrait of Lynn Saville (taken by Lois Conner), ca. 1976
Box 1
Adrienne Rich, 1993
Box 2
Susan Sontag, 1977
Box 2
Thom Gunn, 1994
Box 2
Eugenia Saville, my mother, 1999
Box 2
Philip Fried, poet, my husband, 1991
Box 2
Curtis Saville, my brother, 1972
Box 2
Maria Karolyi, friend, 1973
Box 2
Lloyd Saville and Eugenia Saville, my parents in Vermont, 1972
Box 2
Self portrait in Vermont, 1972
Box 2
Girl I met along the road in Vermont, 1978
Box 2
Lawrence, 1976
Box 2
Lloyd Saville, my father in Vermont, 1973
Box 2
Vermont Neighbors, Dot and Gordon Slade, 1973
Box 2
Circus boy, Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, 1978
Box 2
Beth Caspar, artist and friend, 1982
Box 2
Trapeze artist, circus, 1979
Box 2
Ed Malinowski, artist and friend in Vermont, 1974
Box 2
Barbara Jordan, 10 1/8 x 12 5/8, 1978
Box 2
Philippe Halsman, photographer, 9 x 12 5/8, 1978
Box 2

The series contains 205 16x20 and 20x24 prints. There are color photographs, gelatin silver, and a few Iris prints (digital prints). Matted prints are located at the end of the series. Approximately 75 prints show scenes from New York City, especially Brooklyn. There are also numerous images shot in Paris. Other locations include Rome, Venice, North Carolina, Vermont, Los Angeles, and New York State. Captions are taken from the prints, with information added in some cases.

Venice: Palazzo Rio Canonico, 2001
Box 3
Venice: Rialto Bridge with shadows, 2001
Box 3
Venice: Gondolas on the Grand Canal, 2001
Box 3
Venice: Bridge of Sighs, 2001
Box 3
Venice: Phil sleeping, 2001
Box 3
Bowing ballerina (New York City ballet), 1989
Box 3
The violinist, 1992
Box 3
Three ballerinas exiting, undated
Box 3
Cirque d'Hiver, 2001
Box 3
Udaipur rooftops, 1995
Box 3
Cars near Seine, 2000
Box 3
Steps to the Tuileries, 2002
Box 3
The Villa Borghese, Rome, 2002
Box 3
Tiber River, Rome, 1998
Box 3
The Louvres and Tuileries, 1998
Box 3
Riverside Drive, 2003
Box 3
Bill's back yard, 1993
Box 3
Sherry Netherland, 1995
Box 4
Cow and Police Vehicle, Central Park, 2000
Box 4
Violinist and Pianist, Derby Line Opera House, 1973
Box 4
West Charleston, Vermont, 1996
Box 4
West Charleston, Vermont (II), 1996
Box 4
Fearington Road, Chapel Hill, 2001
Box 4
Wolfe's Windows, West Village, NYC, 1996
Box 4
Planetarium, 2001
Box 4
Mona's rooftop, 1996
Box 4
Senhora Del Monte, Lisbon, Portugal, 1994
Box 4
Titanic at the Drive In, 1998
Box 4
Times Square, 1997
Box 4
Tribeca New York, 1995
Box 4
Rhinebeck, New York, 1995
Box 4
Apartment 45, New York (last night there), 2000
Box 4
Middleton Plantation, 1997
Box 4
Middleton Plantation (II), 1997
Box 4
Brewster, New York, 1997
Box 4
Derby, Vermont, 1996
Box 4
Tree at Echo Lake, Vermont, 1994
Box 4
Kitty Hawk beach, 1993
Box 4
Poughkeepsie, New York, 1997
Box 4
Los Angeles from Griffith Park Observatory, 1997
Box 4
Griffith Park Observatory, Los Angeles, 1997
Box 4
La Madeleine, Paris, 1999
Box 5
Man along the Seine, Paris, 2000
Box 5
Across the tracks, Durham, 1999
Box 5
Cornwallis Road, Durham, 1999
Box 5
Paul's driveway, Pittsfield, MA, 1995
Box 5
Truck at Echo Lake, undated
Box 5
Skating House, 1989
Box 5
Mom's backyard, Durham, 1996
Box 5
Beach fire, Beach Haven, NJ, 1997
Box 5
Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996
Box 5
Face at Columbus Circle, 1998
Box 5
Brooklyn window, undated
Box 5
Phil's shadow, New York City, 1996
Box 5
Hellgate and Triboro Bridge, 2000
Box 5
The Cooper Hewitt, 1997
Box 5
Mount Pisgah, stars, Vermont, 1994
Box 5
Siphnos Street, Greece, 1993
Box 5
Chapel Hill, 2004
Box 6
Basin Street, 2004
Box 6
The Terraced Bridge (green), 2004
Box 6
Amsterdam rain, 2002
Box 6
Cleveland overpass, 2001
Box 6
Storm, Westport, 2005
Box 6
La Samaritaine, 2002
Box 6
Tarrytown, NY, 2003
Box 6
Metropolitan roof, 2004
Box 6
Warehouse with arches, 2003
Box 6
1160, Los Angeles, 2004
Box 6
Musée Entrée, 2002
Box 6
Bethesda fountain, 2004
Box 6
1814, Los Angeles, 2004
Box 6
Arcade shadows, Paris, 2003
Box 6
Parachute jump, Coney Island, 2002
Box 6
Rue Jarante, 2002
Box 6
Chartres, 2002
Box 6
Crossing, Paris, 2003
Box 6
Post No Bills, Times Square, 1999
Box 6
The tobacco warehouse, 2002
Box 6
Whippoorwill Lane, Chapel Hill, 2005
Box 6
The Yellow House, Westport, 2005
Box 6
Stop/Dead End, Red Hook, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 7
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2002
Box 7
Sheeps' Head Bay, Brooklyn, 1996
Box 7
Bicyclist on Seabring and Richards, 2002
Box 7
Garden at Pierpoint Street, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 7
Bicycle on Front Street, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 7
Gowanus Garden, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 7
House on Sydney Place, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 7
Building on Gowanus Canal, 2002
Box 7
Marginal Street steam pipe, 1997
Box 7
New Lots Avenue, Brooklyn, 1997
Box 7
Columbus Circle, 2001
Box 7
Cars under the El, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 7
Patty and Helen's Rooftop, Brooklyn, NY, 2002
Box 7
Backyard on Henry St., Brooklyn, NY, 2002
Box 7
Brooklyn Bridge (Horizontal), 1997
Box 8
Lyceum Theatre, 1997
Box 8
Southwest Reservoir Bridge, 1996
Box 8
79th Street Boat Basin, 1997
Box 8
New York Public Library, 1998
Box 8
Val's Rooftop, 1995
Box 8
Atlas Statue, 1993
Box 8
One Way, 1996
Box 8
Dave's Rooftop, 1996
Box 8
Ed and Paul, 1988
Box 8
House at Echo Lake, Vermont, 1996
Box 8
Paris: Pyramid at the Louvre, 1999
Box 8
Paris: Bridge with the Flying Birds, 1998
Box 8
Rome: The Pantheon, 1998
Box 8
Paris: Horse Shadow, 1999
Box 8
Paris: Rue de Rivoli, 2000
Box 8
Paris: Ferris Wheel from Eiffel Tower, 1998
Box 8
Paris: Jardin de Luxembourg, 1999
Box 8
Rue de Jarente, black and white, 2002
Box 9
Paris: Pont Neuf, 2001
Box 9
Queensboro Bridge, 2002
Box 9
Calvin Klein, Times Square, 1999
Box 9
Whippoorwill Lane, 2000
Box 9
Bridge with arches, Paris, 1998
Box 9
Brooklyn Bridge, 1996
Box 9
Sunset Park tree/vista, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 9
Queensboro Bridge, from Manhattan, 2002
Box 9
Truck on Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 9
Bryant Park, New York, 1994
Box 9
St. Marks Square in the rain, 2001
Box 9
The Empire State Building, 2002
Box 9
India Street Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 9
Verona Street doorway, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 9
Sugar Factory, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 9
July Column, Paris, 2001
Box 9
Ed's barn, Holland, Vermont, 1995
Box 10
Rockefeller Center, 1996
Box 10
Ferris wheel from the Tuileries, Paris, 1999
Box 10
Palais Royale, Paris, 1999
Box 10
Bridge to the Eiffel Tower (Pont d'Lena), Paris, 1999
Box 11
Red Hook Ducks, 1996
Box 11
The Flatiron Building, 1995
Box 11
St. Mark's Square from the Arcade, 2001
Box 11
Dancer on Front Street, Brooklyn, 1997
Box 11
Bush Terminal, Brooklyn, 1995
Box 11
Riverside Park fog, 1997
Box 12
Graffitti wall, Tribeca, 2000
Box 12
Fifth Avenue rain, 1997
Box 12
Brooklyn Heights trees, 1996
Box 12
Riverside Park construction, 1995
Box 12
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, 1996
Box 12
Power plant, East River, 2001
Box 12
Walk New York, 2001
Box 12
People look at Los Angeles, 1997
Box 12
Staten Island Ferry, 1989
Box 12
Le Consulat, Paris, Montmartre, 1998
Box 12
Cummington, MA, 1998
Box 12
Morningside Park, 2001
Box 12
Grand Central Station, 1996
Box 13
Brooklyn Bridge Fog, 1999
Box 13
Brooklyn Bridge with 9/11 Memorial Lights, 2001
Box 13
Columbus Circle, 2005
Box 14
Runner at The Reservoir, 2005
Box 14
Under the Henry Hudson Highway, 2005
Box 14
Red Rock West Café, 2002
Box 14
Fulton Landing Warehouse, 2002
Box 14
Taxi in Times Square, 2002
Box 14
Hamilton Avenue, 2002
Box 14
125th Street, 2003
Box 14
Ninth Street near Hamilton Ave., Brooklyn, 2002
Box 14
Smith and Ninth Street, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 14
Roosevelt Island Tram, 2002
Box 15
Trees/Brownstones, Downtown Brooklyn, 2002
Box 15
Statue of Liberty, from Red Hook, 2002
Box 15
Ethereal Ad/Times Square, 1995
Box 15
Water and Dock Streets, Brooklyn, 2002
Box 15
Evergreen Truck, Manhattan Bridge, 2002
Box 15

Historical Note

Lynn Saville is a photographer based in New York City. She was born in Durham, North Carolina in 1950 and received a B.A. from Duke University in 1971 and an M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in 1976. Her photographs are held in the Denver Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Oxford University's Bodleian Library, the New York Public Library, and many other museums and libraries.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Night Vision: Photographs of William Gedney and Lynn Saville [Online exhibit] (Rare Book, Manuscripts and Special Collections Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lynn Saville Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Lynn Saville Photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2002 and 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Glynn, 2003

Encoded by Katherine Castles, January 2010

Accessions 2002-0066, 2002-0067, 2002-0205, 2002-0318, and accessions 2005-0013, 2005-0056, 2005-0083, were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.