Saul Leiter

Fashion, colour and light in his photography..

22 Jan – 3 Apr 2016

“He moved to New York intent on becoming a painter, which he continued in parallel with his photography, yet ended up working for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and British Vogue and became known for his fashion work.As early as 1946, and thus two decades before the 1970s new colour photography school (William Eggleston, Stephen Shore et al), Leiter was using Kodachrome colour slide film for his free artistic shots, despite it being despised by artists of the day. Instinctively for him, colour was the picture.
“I don’t have a philosophy, I have a camera.” Saul Leiter
An iconoclast who pursued his vision through signature framing devices, bold hues and relective surfaces, Leiter manages to transform seemingly ordinary street scenes in close proximity to his New York apartment into visual poetry.”

Beautiful abstract use of colour and shapes, my favourite was the umbrella with red and the way he used condensation and light. – Brigitte Woischnik on Saul Leiter: Retrospective

Todd Haynes’ film ‘Carol ‘was visually inspired by the work of Saul Leiter and some mood boards are left out in the gallery to look through, you can see the use of colour and abstraction from the 1950’s, yellows and reds and a purple hued grey stand out.