|Saul Leiter, Phone Call, c1957|
It is a curiosity of the history of photography that 'serious' photography came so late to colour that the myth of its 'invention' by William Eggleston in 1973 prior to his 1976 exhibition at MoMA was sustained for so long. Some of his contemporaries - William Christenberry, Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz - have since been acknowledged as also exploring colour. However, Saul Leiter (1923-2013) was there before any of them. A combination of his personal modesty and the narrowness of the institutional perspective on important photography meant his glorious, painterly, abstract, colour street photographs of the 1950s, 60s and later have only recently become known - through a book, Early Color and an exhibition in 2006.
Now The Photographers' Gallery is showing a terrific retrospective of his work which reveals him as a lyrical poet of street photography.
Read a feature by Andrew Dickson, a review by Christian House and a selection of features and interviews at ASX.
|Saul Leiter, Don't Walk, 1952|
|Saul Leiter, Sign Painter, 1954|
|Saul Leiter, Red Umbrella, 1955|
|Saul Leiter, Straw Hat, c1955|
|Saul Leiter, Taxi, 1956|
|Saul Leiter, Walking, 1956|
|Saul Leiter, Taxi, 1957|
|Saul Leiter, Window, New York, 1957|
|Saul Leiter, Red Umbrella, 1958|
|Saul Leiter, Harlem, 1960|