Saul Leiter, Early Color, 2006

Dust jacket back and front

Dust jacket back and front


Long forgotten, but fortunately rediscovered in the 2000s, the work of Saul Leiter now has a well-deserved place in history of photography. German publisher Steidl are to thank, publishing Saul Leiter’s early colour work in 2006. Quickly selling out, it has run into many editions since and remains a popular title. Saul Leiter’s poetic and carefully composed photographs were taken between 1948 and 1960. His gentle, muted palette is perfectly complemented by the ageing of the photographic materials (ie. the vintage prints and negatives) from which these reproductions were taken. Saul Leiter is often quite physically removed from his subjects. After watching Tomas Leach’s documentary ‘In No Great Hurry: 13 lessons in Life with Saul Leiter’ I began to understand why. While photographers ostensibly use the camera to capture the world outside and away from them, it curious to see how often their work is a mirror of their own soul.

Of all the books published of Saul Leiter’s work, the Steidl books remain the best.

Published by Steidl Publishers in 2006.

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Hard cover with dust jacket

App. 20.5 x  20.9 cm

160 pages