Saul Leiter photographed and painted nearly every day for over sixty years, amassing an enormous archive, most of which remained unseen during his lifetime. Finding inspiration within a few blocks of his apartment in Lower Manhattan, he was a master at discovering beauty in the most ordinary places. Celebrated today for his evocative colour photographs of New York in the 1950s and 1960s, which were unknown in their day, Leiter also found success as a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar. All the while he was shooting black-and-white street scenes on his daily walks, and nudes and intimate portraits back home, while continuing his painting explorations with abstract watercolours, whimsical sketchbooks and painted photographs.
Created in collaboration with the Saul Leiter Foundation, this definitive monograph brings together these diverse yet interconnected bodies of work – including much that was previously unpublished – to reveal the complete artist for the first time.
'Highlights the beauty to be found in stillness. Leiter’s painterly pictures are deeply affecting, reminding us of hidden worlds that exist in the mundane'
'In the year the playful yet famously preceptive photographer would have turned 100, enter his enigmatic world via … The Centennial Retrospective'
'To mark the centenary of one of the giants of 20th-century photography, this comprehensive monograph brings together the many strands of his work. Will appeal to anyone with an interest in photography'
Black & White Photography
'I have adored and studied Saul Leiter's work for many years ... This book, however, made me see it in a whole new light. A phenomenal read'
Digital Camera World