Saul Leiter

USA / 1923 - 2013 / wikipedia /
"I must admit that I am not a member of the ugly school. I have a great regard for certain notions of beauty even though to some it is an old fashioned idea. Some photographers think that by taking pictures of human misery, they are addressing a serious problem. I do not think that misery is more profound than happiness." — Saul Leiter

"I don’t have a philosophy. I have a camera."
— Saul Leiter

'“... one of the most important early color photographers of the 20th century.... The images he made communicated the sense of rhythm and movement and being caught up in the city."

Mr. Leiter was considered a member of the New York School of photographers — the circle that included Weegee and Arbus and Avedon — and yet he was not quite of it. He was largely self-taught, and his work resembles no one else’s: tender, contemplative, quasi-abstract and intensely concerned with color and geometry, it seems as much as anything to be about the essential condition of perceiving the world.' (Margalit Fox, © 2013 The New York Times Company;

Saul Leiter shot in color years before William Eggleston. (

Saul Leiter (Dec. 3, 1923-Nov. 26, 2013); American photographer and painter whose early work in the 1940s and 1950s was an important contribution to what came to be recognized as the New York school of photography.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father was a well known Talmud scholar and Saul studied to become a Rabbi. His mother gave him his first camera at age 12....

Leiter is the subject of a 2012 feature-length documentary In No Great Hurry - 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter, directed and produced by Tomas Leach. Leiter is a featured subject, among... (
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