Vacancy: The Disquieting Beauty of Emptiness – A Conversation with Photographer Lynn Saville

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Perkins Library, Room 217 (Click for Map)
Contact Information: Kirston Johnson, 919-681-7963,

Please join us for a conversation with internationally renowned photographer Lynn Saville on Thursday, May 23rd from 1:00 until 2:00pm in Perkins Library Room 217. Lynn will discuss her latest project, “Vacancy: The Disquieting Beauty of Emptiness,” which focuses on New York City and the strikingly beautiful visual effects of economic turmoil.

Fine-art and documentary photographer Lynn Saville was educated at Duke University and Pratt Institute. 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.”

Lynn Savile, Dyckman Street, C-Print, 2011
Lynn Savile, Dyckman Street, C-Print, 2012

Lynn Saville has received numerous awards and grants and her photographs are published in two monographs: Acquainted With the Night (Rizzoli, 1997) and Night/Shift (Random House/Moncelli, 2009). Her work is represented by the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York and her prints are included in numerous permanent collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the George Eastman House, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the International Museum of Photography, the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University, and many others. She lives in New York City with her husband, the poet Philip Fried.

This event is free and open to the public.

2 thoughts on “Vacancy: The Disquieting Beauty of Emptiness – A Conversation with Photographer Lynn Saville”

  1. I recently stumbled across this archived post and couldn’t believe that I forgot to comment on this phenomenal event!

    I am a photography blogger who attended this event last year and was absolutely blown away by the skill and passion of Mrs. Saville. I hope that Duke has more open-to-the-public events like this in the near future.

    1. Hi Jonathon! We’re so glad you were able to attend! Keep up with our event postings here, and we’ll hopefully see you again soon. All of our events are free and open to the public, as is our reading room!

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