Art Info / Item Details
Saul Leiter, 1957
Featured in the The Café exhibition
Materials: Chromogenic print, Signed and titled on the reverse by the artist
Dimensions: 11 x 14 inchces
Saul Leiter has made an enormous and unique contribution to photography. His abstracted forms and radically innovative compositions have a painterly quality that exceeds the work of his New York School contemporaries, perhaps due to his duality of working as both a photographer and a painter. Leiter’s earliest black and white photographs show an extraordinary affinity for the medium, and by 1948 he began to experiment in colour. Leiter has worked as a fashion photographer since the 1950s, and his colour fashion photography has been published in Harper's Bazaar, Elle, British Vogue, and others. Leiter's "sensibility… has placed him outside the visceral confrontations with urban anxiety associated with photographers such as Robert Frank or William Klein. Instead, for him the camera provided an alternate way of seeing, of framing events and interpreting reality. He sought out moments of quiet humanity in the Manhattan maelstrom, forging a unique urban pastoral from the most unlikely of circumstances."