Saville, Lynn (Photographer); Moyers, Bill; Fried, Philip & Rosa, Joseph (Contributors). ACQUAINTED WITH THE NIGHT. New York City, NY: Rizzoli Publishers, 1997. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. As New.

Debut collection of black-and-white photographs, accompanied by poetic texts. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Lynn Saville and Rizzoli: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Lynn Saville. Text by various poets, selected by Philip Fried. Essays by Bill Moyers and Joseph Rosa. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Singapore to the highest standards. The reproduction quality (and impeccable production of this book) is stunning in its crispness, nuance, and warmth. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Lynn Saville's "Acquainted With The Night". "The mysterious, seductive essence of the night has long entranced the imagination of artists and writers. Now, it is the focus of a unique book that pairs evocative black-and-white photography with classic and contemporary poetry. Lynn Saville's photographs, shot after dark in and around New York and at other urban and rural sites in the United States, Portugal, Greece, and India, reveal unusual aspects of familiar cities and monuments as well as the dusky allure of fringe areas such as Manhattan's industrial district and desolate waterfronts. Rich with light and shadow, the photographs suggest the suspenseful, provocative quality of film noir. Accompanying the photographs are 35 poems and poetic excerpts about the night, beginning with Robert Frost's 'Acquainted With The Night', which inspired the book's title and mood. Selected here are works by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Charles Simic, and Octavio Paz, among other award-winning poets, and citations from ancient verse such as the 'Rig Veda' and the 'Epic of Gilgamesh'. Speaks with contemplative beauty to those who love photography and poetry, and especially to all denizens of the night" (Joseph Rosa). Lynn Saville is surely our quintessential nocturnal poet-photographer: Her second collection, "Night/Shift" (2009), and her third, "Dark City" (2015), continue and expand in color what she began here in black-and-white, a trilogy that has few, if any, equals in contemporary art photography. An absolute "must-have" title for Lynn Saville collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Lynn Saville. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The book was issued as a softcover original only. Almost all other copies available online have serious flaws because the book itself is fragile and copies have been pored over again and again. A rare signed copy thus. 160 plates. One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LYNN SAVILLE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $90.00

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