Saville, Lynn (Photographer) & Dyer, Geoff (Contributor). DARK CITY: URBAN AMERICA AT NIGHT. Bologna, Italy: Damiani Editore, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 145 pages. As New.

The photographer's third collection of photographs on subject. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Lynn Saville and Damiani Editore: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Lynn Saville. Essay by the brilliant British novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Bologna, Italy to the highest standards. Even by the standard of Lynn Saville's two other books, the reproduction quality (and lavish Italian production of this book) is stunning in its crispness, nuance, and warmth. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Lynn Saville's "Dark City: Urban America At Night". "Arthur C. Danto described Lynn Saville as our answer to Eugene Atget because she 'prowls her city at the other end of the day, picking up pieces of the past in the present, just before it is swallowed by shadows'. Focussed on vacant spaces - shuttered storefronts, back alleys, blank billboards, empty lots - with the occasional ghostly figure hurrying through the frame. Working at twilight and dawn with a medium-format camera (setting up her tripod quickly so as not to attract police attention), Saville captured busy city streets depopulated and emptied out, industrial spaces and storefronts alike gone quiet. Color and light come from the sky, streetlights, neon signs, or surveillance lighting. Seemingly otherworldly, the images in 'Dark City' also tell a more pragmatic story of the changing urban landscape: Vacancies caused by the financial crisis and construction projects spurred on by economic recovery, gentrification, and development" (Publisher's blurb). Lynn Saville is surely our quintessential nocturnal poet-photographer: Together with her first collection, "Acquainted With The Night" (1997), and its sequel, "Night/Shift" (2009), she continues and expands in color what she began 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, placed, and dated (on the day of the exhibition) in black ink-pen on the half-title page by the artist/photographer: "Lynn Saville Chicago October 2nd 2015". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine and complete set of Souvenir Postcards of the book as well as the event during which her signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with full-page, color plates. One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LYNN SAVILLE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 8862084110. $90.00

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