Brooklyn, Twilight

September 16, 2002 - October 26, 2002
Central Library, Grand Lobby

‘Brooklyn, Twilight,’ a photography exhibition by American landscape photographer Lynn Saville, creates new images of Brooklyn neighborhoods through a theatrical quality of light at twilight and night. Thirty images transforming expectations of everyday scenes of Brooklyn will be on view at Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Central Library. 

Saville takes images of such well-known Brooklyn sights as the Brooklyn Bridge, a set of brownstone windows, and a tree-lined street in Brooklyn Heights and creates new impressions through an interplay of darkness illuminated by artificial and hits of natural light. The dramatic and haunting quality of Saville’s work has been compared to the use of light in Hitchcock films, which she watches for inspiration. Her talent for creating a sense of seductive film noir reflects her dexterity in working with the psychology of light. Framing her images in high contrast lighting, Saville challenges our expectations of familiar sites while at the same time showcasing some previously unseen aspect of the space. Other photographers that have influenced her work include Gyula Brassai, Andre Kertesz, Garry Winogrand and Edward Weston. 

The Artist

BPL Exhibition, Lynn SavilleEver since I was 5 years old, I wanted to move to New York," says Saville. "Upon graduating from Duke in Durham, NC, I came directly here to study photography at the Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill. Brooklyn was my gateway to New York, and was the most fascinating place I’ve ever lived. There is such a wide variety of people, intriguing blend of architecture, and splendid leafy trees that shade the streets, day and night. It is a delight to have my work exhibited at Brooklyn Public Library because it has always been a place I’ve associated strongly with the surrounding neighborhoods."

The daughter of professors, Saville developed her love and sensibility of beauty when, as a child, she accompanied her parents on their sabbaticals to Italy. There she absorbed impressions of cityscapes with villas accented by cypress trees, artful window displays, streetlights and all the architectural and pastoral beauty of the country. She went on to earn a B.A. from Duke University, a M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute and completed a Master Class with Philippe Halsman in New York. She has received awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, Festival of Photography (Premio, Scanno, Italy) and New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Fellowship. Her photographs appear in Aquainted With the Night, Photographs by Lynn Saville (Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.).

She has exhibited extensively including in solo exhibitions "Acquainted with the Night" Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC; Gente Di Fotografia, Palermo, Italy; "Secret Cities" Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris; The Photographers Gallery, London; Duke University, Perkins Library, Durham, N.C.; and group shows at New York Historical Society, The Flatiron Building; "Girls On Top" Galerie Valérie Cueto, Paris; "Aesthetics of Contemporary Photography" Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY; "Paris" Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris; Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; "Monuments and Memorials" Parsons School of Design, New York, NY; and Museum of the City of New York, NY.