All about Saul Leiter

Author(s): Saul Leiter

photography monographs

Staff notes: Saul Leiter (1923 – 2013) came to photography through painting. An early adopter of colour art photography, Leiter first studied Jewish theology, then, leaving his religious studies behind, moved to the East Village in New York where he began documenting the streets, buildings and people around him. What’s interesting about Leiter’s photography is the impressionistic, painterly use of the medium. He utilises reflections, rain, shadows, and glass to layer his images – to bounce light, bleed colour, blur, obscure and transform his subject matter. He uses doorways and windows as framing devices, peering around corners and into private worlds. What we love about Saul Leiter is the way he creates mood through subtle shifts in tone and texture. This book features over 200 of Leiter’s work and gives the reader a sense of the breadth of his practice – from nudes and street photography to advertising, All About Saul Leiter will encourage the reader to look, then look again.

'A photographer's gift to the viewer is sometimes beauty in the overlooked ordinary' - Saul Leiter

Photography lovers the world over are now embracing Saul Leiter, who has enjoyed a remarkable revival since fading into relative obscurity in the 1980s. This collection reveals the secrets of his appeal, from his life philosophy and lyricism to masterful colours and compositions. Some 200 works - including early street photographs, images for advertising, nudes and paintings - cover Leiter's career from the 1940s onwards, accompanied by quotations from the artist himself that express his singular world view.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780500294536
  • : Thames & Hudson Australia Pty, Limited
  • : Thames and Hudson (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • : July 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Saul Leiter
  • : Paperback
  • : 296