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Photography & media

‘Don’t ask for an explanation’: Saul Leiter’s ‘exuberance of creation’

— September 2015

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Saul Leiter, Untitied, © Saul Leiter Estate/Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2015

Saul Leiter used photographs as the basis of some powerful paintings – but not as you might imagine

Saul Leiter was an original. As a pioneer of post-war photography his meditative multi-layered colour images of New York City of the 1940s and ’50s legitimized colour photography as a medium of fine art. These initially overlooked but now justly celebrated works, which seem to depict simply scenes of street life, are in fact studies on the emotive power inherent in form, light and...

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