Photography Lessons by Saul Leiter

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Harlem, 1960

Saul Leiter was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a place I have been there once. He started capturing instances of New York with black and white films, experimenting later with colour photographs. Most of the photographs are taken in New York, near his apartment in East Village for almost 55 years. Although he is best known for his colour photography he had captured some extraordinary black and white scenes. Dean Brierly suggested the following about Leiter’s photography: “Leiter might be regarded as the master of the “indecisive” moment – those in-between moments when nothing of much importance seems to be happening but which resonate with a profound if understated sense of interior drama”. Leiter began shooting with colour film in 1948, more than two decades before colour photography gained acceptance in the art world through the work of William Eggleston and others. Leiter isolates a scene, a scene many people have not noticed otherwise, and the director of the set is the life itself. He was the one to identify these wonderful scenes in everyday life and share them to his audience. Aggressive, yet clear and distinct Leiter’s photographs would definitely be hanging on my walls. Enjoy.

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Straw Hat, 1955

 

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Saul Leiter

 

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Haircut, 1956

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Taxi, 1957

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Circa, 1948

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Circa, 1958

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Waiter, Paris, 1959

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Reflection, 1958

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Menu, Paris, 1959

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Phone-call, 1957

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Taxi, 1956

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Train

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Driver, 1950

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Through Boards, 1957

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Red Curtain, 1958

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Pizza, 1952

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Auto, 1960

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New York, 1954